Edgware Road Partnership

21 October 2014

Year of the Bus comes to Edgware Road

As part of Transport for London's Year of the Bus celebrations a series of bus sculpture trails were launched on 17 October in Traflagar Square.

Up to 60 new routemaster buses have been designed by a host of artists, with each bus being 2.5m long, 1m high and 0.5m wide.

Edgware Road's Nutford Place is playing host to Come Rain or Come Shine, designed by Thomas Dowdeswell (pictured above).

Part of the Westminster Trail, Edgware Road's bus was secured by Transport for London as part of their work to improve the public realm in the area, and introduce public art where possible.

Come Rain or Come Shine was sponsored by The London Highways Alliance, pictured below with artist Thomas as he explains the inspiration for his design.

Thomas said: "Come Rain or Come Shine was inspired by the enduring nature of the London Transport System. It may not be perfect but the system keeps on running, keeps the city breathing, working and playing. Whether it is raining or sunny, in times of glory or difficulty the buses keep rolling through the streets of the city. My bus treads a fine artistic ground which is designed to appeal to children and adults alike. I designed it to be playful and bright, especially as winter is on its way and we all need a good dose of colour in our lives. However there are also references to commuters on conveyor belts (the rear window), speeding cars and trains, prisons and palm trees and a bus driver who represents my key anonymous figures which are central to all my current 'vortescapes' A figure who is also signalling a Churchillian v for victory. In its essence Come Rain or Come Shine is a reflection of city life and the lives of others we see looking out the bus window."