David LaChapelle Takes Over London’s Bus Stops
Well, at least some of them. Since last Friday, 10 images from David Lachapelle’s Refineries and Gas Stations series have been displayed on the top of bus stops in Central London, between Somerset House on the Strand and Trafalgar Square. The images, which were created using scale models made out of everyday objects, are designed to be viewed from the top deck of a double-decker bus.
“In these gadget and app-based times, people don’t have time to go to, say, White Cube and view work as much as they would [like to],” says George Annin, from Annïn Art, which organized the exhibition in collaboration with Transport for London. “There’s a whole generation of people who are glued to their iPhones. If they are going to engage with some work at any level, positively or negatively, I think it’s better than not seeing any work at all.”
The exhibition, which will continue through September, is the American photographer’s first public art intervention in the UK. It follows a similar project organized by Annïn Art with the photographer Juergen Teller and is part of Transport for London and London Transport Museum’s Year of the Bus.
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