Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Upcycler of the Month--Christopher Fennell

Thanks to the worldwideness of the web I found this cool adaptive reuse project in Athens, Georgia via a blog post written by Creative Action Design in the UK.

My first reaction upon seeing this picture was the simultaneous and paradoxical admiration and dismissal of the solution. The idea is so completely elegant in its obviousness. There are thousands of scrapped buses in the world. Buses are made from steel. Bus shelters are generally steel. Obviously, the actual bus could be transformed into a shelter once it has outlived its usefulness as a mode of transportation. So obvious that no one figured it out before sculptor Christopher Fennell.
Photos © Christoper Fennell
Looking through Fennell's site, I find that he has several pieces in Austin as well. I'd like to say I'm surprised about another random Austin art connection, but recently I've come to the conclusion that Austin is (has always been?) some sort of creative vortex.

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