Last year as part of the ‘Year of the Bus’ celebrations, Transport for London commissioned some public art in the form of small versions of the New Routemaster, which were decorated by a variety of artists, then placed around different venues in London to create walking trails for tourists and locals alike. At the weekend all the bus sculptures were gathered together at the Olympic Park as part of a Family Fun event before being sent to a charity auction.
Also on display were a full size New Routemaster and the ‘Battle Bus’, one of only 5 remaining from the First World War, taken from the streets of London, stripped of it’s red and cream livery and used as a troop carrier. Amazingly it is still in working condition!
Despite the cold, it was great to sketch in the winter sunshine sitting amongst the great structures built for the Olympic Games, including the stunning Aquatics Centre designed by Dame Zaha Hadid.