The Independent London Newspaper


Bus that does push-ups proves a head-turner

David Cerny's London Booster

David Cerny's London Booster

Published: 27 July, 2012

A DOUBLE-DECKER bus from the 1950s which does press-ups on enormous robot arms is the star of a new exhibition by a world-renowned Czech sculptor.

David Cerny has unveiled London Booster, his first major public commission in London for more than a decade, to coincide with the capital hosting the Olympic Games. It is on display at the Business Design Centre, off Upper Street, Islington, until August 12.

Mr Cerny, who was responsible for controversially spray-painting a Soviet war memorial pink in 1991, said: “Press-ups are a particular physical exercise which every athlete does, but they also form part of a military drill and sometimes are forced on prisoners as punishment.

“I hope, besides its monumentality and humour, the London Booster shows a certain ambivalence and irony”




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