Over the last few months you may have noticed a number of ‘New Routemaster’ London bus sculptures, each decorated in a different style by a different artist, in various locations around Westminster and elsewhere. There are several along Victoria Street for instance, one in Charing Cross Road and three in Covent Garden. They form a set of four trails – Around Westminster, Around the River, Around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford, and a new trail of 17 buses added this month Around Croydon. There are 60 buses in all, some of them decorated with a local theme.
One of the sculptures in Croydon is the ‘Library Bus’ which sits appropriately outside the Town Hall and Central Library. Designed by artists Anna Rawles and Jennifer Rogers, it features works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and DH Lawrence who both had links to Croydon.
The trails are part of the ‘Year of the Bus’ celebrations which have been taking place throughout 2014. The buses are due to remain on display until 11 January 2015, then will be brought all together in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the weekend of 24-25 January before being auctioned off in February.
You can find details of the trails, and of all the buses and their artists on TfL’s Sculpture Trails site.
Also currently on display are 50 Paddington Bear sculptures which can also be found in four trails – Paddington in Paddington, Royal Parks, River & Historic London and a Christmas trail. These have been set up to promote the new film about Paddington’s most famous ursine resident!
‘The Mayor of Paddington’ bear can be found on the canal side, by the entrance to the Hammersmith & City Line at Paddington Station.
You will need to be quick to see them, as they are only on display until Tuesday 30 December and they will not be collected together afterwards. Find out more about the Paddington sculptures.