Flying Bus Stop
On a recent trip to Ventura, CA, I came across this curious scupture, which turned out to be a bus stop. It’s located on a otherwise unremarkable stretch of road, and hits you like a brick when you see it.
The bus shelter is actually a piece of public art called ‘Bus Home’, installed by Dennis Oppenheim in 2002. And this is how the artist explains it: ‘Bus Home is a shelter. The work depicts the metamorphosis of a bus becoming a house. This frozen animation of one image into another takes the form of a looping corkscrew entering the ground and coming up again. It slowly transforms from a bus to a house…
‘For the tired and often alienated traveler the experience of waiting wished to be intervened by the realization that the transaction will be complete. The passengers will arrive at their destination. They will arrive home.’
Apparently it’s loved and hated in equal part. Loved for its whimsy. Hated because it doesn’t keep the rain out. You can find it on Telegraph Road, just behind the Pacific View Mall. RM