This week, East Village has welcomed two new artworks into the neighbourhood. To mark Transport for London’s Year of the Bus’ up to 60 new Routemaster bus sculptures are being unveiled across London. East Village is part of the ‘Around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’ trail and is showcasing ‘Moquette’ and ‘Journey To Anywhere’ – by artists Beth Quinton and Oliver Dean, both of whom work across a wide variety of artistic disciplines.
Parked up in Penny Brookes Street and Victory Park, the 1m high bus sculptures are fun and eye-catching and present Londoners and visitors with the chance to discover different parts of London on the trail. The first, ‘Moquette’, is based on the colour and design of the old Routemaster bus seat fabric, with a colour transition that represents the movement of the bus. The second, ‘Journey To Anywhere’, is inspired by the role of London as a major tourist destination, as well as the idea that a journey continues beyond the map.
The installation of these sculptures are a nod to the fantastic transport links of East Village, and the abundance of bus routes that travel through E20, making the area incredibly accessible for Londoners. Five different tube and rail lines operate 195 trains every hour from Stratford meaning the City,Canary Wharf and King’s Cross St Pancras are all within 15 minutes reach. The sculpture trails represent the important role of London’s buses in the life and economy of the capital as well as the rest of the UK, and East London is hosting a total of eleven buses, which are dotted throughout the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The International Quarter and East Village. Visitors can follow the trail here. The two buses are also just one addition to the fast-growing collection of accessible art in East Village, with many more to come.