Year Of The Bus – Croydon Sculpture Trail – The Streets

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I made a pilgrimage to see my buses (again!), and to take some better photos.

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Whilst out in the winter sunshine, trying to eavesdrop on what other people where saying about my work, I realised that after 25th January – my buses will disappear!  There is always a chance that someone (or an institution / company) might buy one in the charity auction in February, but as far as I’m concerned I’ll never see my work again.  Please stand clear of the closing doors.

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Matt Bannister
Me (with shorter hair)

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus


..and finally, I discovered the other day that my work (along with all the other buses on the sculpture trail across London) also features on a tidy app for smartphones. The whole premise is that you use the GPS functions on your phone (and the app) to help you find every bus (whilst ticking them off and reading about the artist). Here are screen shots of my buses (naturally) from the Apple version. Available from the Apple App Store or Google Play

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For a little glimpse into the past workings of my October brain, I’ve included here the original designs I submitted to Wild in Art. The ‘Croydon Layers’ design is very similar to the final bus, but the ‘Surrey Street Market’ one is more complicated than what eventually happened. A fast approaching deadline was the main influencing factor in making these changes, but I’m still very happy with what I eventually produced.

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Croydon Layers – original design
illustration of a bus
Surrey Street Market – original design