Artist: Nils Norman
Year created: 2001
Location: UK, but it moves around.
Materials: Converted bus
What is the piece’s impact? Led to the creation of an open access mobile library and education centre housed in a converted bus. The library specializes in books “on utopian architecture, radical and environmental gardening techniques, and alternative social systems. A reading area offers use of a free photocopier powered by solar energy via panels on the roof of the coach. At the back of the bus indigenous plants, vegetables and herbs grow in a large green house with composting unit and ‘wormery’ in which worms are used to recycle organic matter.” (source)
How does this project relate to this change as art? The work is “informed by ideas about alternative economic and ecological systems in cities, which he merges with a humorous critique of the history and role of public art….Norman critically highlights the role of design and public sculpture in urban gentrification.” (source)
What makes this an artistic project? This project was initiated by a known contemporary artist who has argued that “artists should take responsibility for their participation in architectural and urbanistic projects.” (source)
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