Recently displayed by artist collective mmmm…, this playful and practical installation in Baltimore, USA adds a fun dimension to the mundane act of waiting for the bus. Consisting of three typographic sculptures that literally spell out the word “BUS”, the innovative project project was developed in conjunction with SPAIN arts & culture, Creative Alliance, and is part of TRANSIT, a creative place-making initiative between Europe and Baltimore. The new structure serves an aesthetic purpose as well as a functional one; as you can see in the photos below, the “S” allows people to lie back while they wait, and the “B” provides shelter.
The installation is a result of a collaboration between Emilio Alarcón, Alberto Alarcón, Ciro Márquez, and Eva Salmerón, who have been designing public spaces in Madrid since 1998. According to their description, BUS is made with wood and steel, materials that are typically used to build urban furniture. The three letters of BUS are big enough to accommodate two to four people each and protect them from rain, sun, wind, and bad weather. They allow people to assume different postures of sitting or standing while waiting for the bus. How do you find this unconventional alternative to a bus station?