London Booster

An Olympic Boost for a British Icon

 

 

Created for the 2012 Olympic Games, the London Booster is a characteristically magnificent art installation by David Cerny.  The amazing spectacle is a cherry red 1957 double decker London bus, equipped with arms for performing push-ups.  Cerny’s surreal Booster was on display outside of the Business Design Center in Islington.

“The obsession with sport, the frenzy it generates, sometimes even ending in street war and regularly in a dependence on the activity, always amazed me…When I was approached by the architects of the Czech House to work on a piece, I took the challenge and, I hope, besides its monumentality and humor, the London Booster shows a certain ambivalence and irony” 

The London Booster is a technological marvel as well as a fascinating work of art.  The project took Cerny 6 months of design, planning, & construction to create.  In addition to raising itself to varying degrees and angles, the bus windows are television screens that display changing audio and visual presentations.  The London Booster is now accessible to the public outside of the Agrofert Headquarters in Prague.

7712491254_366597f686_bPoised for action, the London Booster resembles a real-life Transformer training for an Olympic competition.

cerny-bus-2012-old-and-newThe London Booster offers spectators a multifaceted artistic experience.  The sculpture is impressive even before it performs push-ups and its windows present additional audio visual stimulation.

 maxresdefault-1The London Booster’s captivating physical appearance is heightened by the vibrant and symbolic candy red color that leads our psyches in multiple directions of emotional response.

maxresdefaultFrom the use of cherry red for emergency vehicles, and the varied applications of push-ups, to the psychedelic cityscapes painted by the music of the Beatles, the London Booster represents the many ways that Great Britain has helped mold the western world.