“Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?“… The few pictures you see in this gif are not paintings, but simply photos I took in Beeston, Nottingham (UK) around an old bus at the garage of Bartons family. They are part of “The Ghost Bus Project” that I have brought forward in collaboration with Bartons Plc and its owner Simon Barton, ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and its founder Marysia Zipser. It all started in October 2014 when Marysia Zipser took me to Bartons huge garage of vintage buses and cars.
I was really impressed by one of the oldest buses, the so called “The Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English public transport: it’s a URR 865 vehicle AEC Reliance made in 1956! Simon Barton told me that a vehicle-sister of the “ghost bus” was documented in 1959 on a wonderful and unmissable film telling a beautiful journey through Italy by a group of English ladies and gentlemen. It was another great reason to establish a collaboration building a bridge between the Land of Robin Hood and Italy…
So, I began to work and create on the “ghost bus” for my “Lacer/actions” project concerning realistic images of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials. The project consisted of two short movies for public performances and video shows, a cards series (reproducing 16 artworks selected from the 109 ones that has been created) and special events that took place in Beston, Chilwell, Nottingham and in Tuscany (Mount Amiata, Siena).
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