Czech artist David Cerny has just unveiled his latest piece of work. It’s a old-school double-decker bus which has been fitted with two giant arms which raise and lower the bus in quite a freakishly realistic way. Adding an extra dimension to the unusual installation is a speaker system which simulates the breathing and groans of an athlete doing push-ups – all in perfect sync with the physical motion of the bus. Accompanying the audio are multi-colored video projections in the windows – presumably these also help hide the inner workings of the sculpture.
Cerny’s bus will be positioned outside the Czech Olympic House in London during the 2012 London Olympics. It’s titled “London Boosted” and is intended to be a fitting but also rather playful way of celebrating the event.
Cerny said of his work: “There is one common exercise for every sportsman around the world, and that is push-ups. So I thought that a push up would be perfect. And the thing about push-ups is also that on the one hand of course it is training for sport activities, but at the same time it is also punishment in armies and prisons. So the push-ups are a very universal physical activity. So that’s why I like it… It is in a way very ironic.”
Cerny is hoping his artificial athlete will be able to keep going for the full three weeks of the Olympic Games.
Source: BBC and YouTube