London Double-decker Is Converted To Do Heavy Lifting
Forget the push-up bra, how about the push-up bus? A Czech artist has modified a six-tonne Lond...
Forget the push-up bra, how about the push-up bus?
A Czech artist has modified a six-tonne London double-decker bus to make it do push-ups.
The artist David Cerny has previously painted a Soviet tank pink, and put up large replicas of guns in London in the 1990s, calling on people to observe a "Day of Killing" to control population growth, as part of an art fair.
His latest creation, called “London Boosted”, is slightly less controversial. Cerny says he chose to make an artistic statement about the London Olympics by combining a sporting theme with the globally recognised 1950s London bus.
“There is one common exercise for every sportsman in the world, and it’s pushups,” Cerny says on a video posted on You Tube. “On the one hand it’s training … but at the same time it’s a punishment. [Push-ups] are a very universal movement.”
The bus can move up and down on its bulging red arms, hold at various angles, and is accompanied by recordings of a groaning voice and video projections in the windows.
The Reuters news agency also reports that in 2009 Cerny revealed a huge puzzle-like object, called "Entropa", in an EU building in Brussels that pictured European countries in unflattering ways, making a dramatic start to the Czech Republic's EU presidency.
Bulgaria protested for being shown as a squat toilet, Germany was a Swastika-like web of highways, including moving cars, France was covered by an "On Strike" banner and Britain was missing altogether.
His pink Soviet tank display served as a monument to the 1945 liberation of Prague.