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Flying Bus Stop

Flying bus stop.........................(ventura3.jpg)

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.

Flying bus stop.........................(venturabusstop5.jpg)

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…

Flying bus stop.........................(venturabusstopstitch.jpg)

‘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.’

Flying bus stop.........................(venturabusstop4.jpg)

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

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  • Chicago Hotel

    December 6, 2009

    When I first saw this photo, it reminded me of something from the Wizard of Oz. What makes it more cool is the fact, like you said, it is found in a stretch of land that is otherwise, ummmmmmmm, barren of art. Hope the visitors at this destination appreciate the ‘Bus Stop’.

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