It seems that all of London is getting really pumped for the upcoming Olympics- even the buses. This week, Czech artist David Cerny unveiled his latest sculpture, a classic red double decker bus, equipped with enormous arms that allow it to do push-ups. Called the “London Booster,” the six ton bus is powered by a hydraulic system that took Cerny six months to design and build.
In addition to knocking out push-ups, the bus makes groaning noises. It has been installed outside the Czech Olympic House in London, where it will remain for the duration of the Games. Cerny told Artlyst.com: “I hope, besides its monumentality and humour, the London Booster shows a certain ambivalence and irony.”
Considering how excited people get for the Olympics, I don’t think people will pick up the irony vibe; they’ll likely just find it funny and cool.