With the Olympics in full swing, artists around the world have been trying to make their statements about the events. While some appear strange, each tries to capture the mood in London today in a truly creative manner.
Of these famous artists, the Czech sculpture David Cerny has certainly made a mark with his astonishing work. Simply called “London Boosted,” the piece uses a decommissioned double-decker bus as a canvas, attaching two large movable arms, and a molded of a large buttocks to gain additional meaning.
Installed outside the Czech Olympic House in Islington, North London, in order to mark the beginning of the games, reporters at the Daily Mail have written that the wiring and suspension helps move the bus up and down, raising the chassis into whatever angle the artist’s wishes. Not to be outdone, the work also comes jam packed with recordings of groans and video projections in the windows, ultimately becoming quite a spectacle.
The Czech artists said “there is one common exercise for every sportsman in the world, and that is push-ups. It is training for sport activities but at the same time it is also punishment in armies and prisons. So the push-ups are a very universal physical activity... It is in a way very ironic. 'We will see how long the athlete can work out for. Let's hope he will exercise for the full three weeks. He will be the biggest sportsman there.'
For this, as well as several other disconcerting reasons, the work has gone some way in enraging European politicians who believe it is poked fun at other artists. Indeed, his previous work in 2009 called the Entropa potrayed European countries in “unflattering ways,” building on national stereotypes and rude associations. Similarly, his work “Shark” used a statue of former President Saddam Hussain floating in formaldehyde, poking fun at the embalmed shark of British artist Damien which was banned in several countries.
Whatever view one may have, it is certainly an interesting and memorable piece. Unveiled during a time when the entire city becomes a spectacle in-itself, it certainly will provoke some thought about the meaning of the Olympic games as well as the Olympians themselves. Taking such a bold move, one wonders what Mr Cerny will come up with next!