Up to 60 New Routemaster bus sculptures are being unveiled across London in October as part of celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus.
Transport for London's Year of the Bus Sculpture Trail features 2.5m long, 1m high and 0.5m wide sculptures, which have been painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists to showcase the vital role that London’s buses play in the life and economy of the city.
The sculpture trail is part of Transport for London (TfL’s) celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus in partnership with London Transport Museum and the capital’s bus operators, and is being delivered with creative events company Wild in Art. The project is being entirely funded by individuals and organisations sponsoring the bus sculptures, with the Year of the Bus Sculpture Trail running from Monday 20 October for seven weeks. At the end of the event, the bus sculptures will be brought together in a final display before being auctioned, with all proceeds split between three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.
After a launch event in Trafalgar Square, Londoners and visitors to the city have the chance to discover the bus sculptures, which will be organised in clusters, on foot by following public art trails in five areas of the capital – three in central London and two in outer London.
Rod Hunt was commissioned to design one such bus sculpture, and his artwork, titled London Takes The Bus, is now on display in Victoria Street, London, SW1.
We caught up with the artist to map out his creative journey.