A controversial artist has constructed a fitting new sculpture to commemorate the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, set to begin this week, using one of the city's iconic double-Decker buses.
Czech sculptor David Cerny fashioned his pièce de résistance to resemble an athlete doing push-ups from a circa 1957 London bus. The avant-garde new piece of art is named "London Boosted" and is situated at the complex housing the Czech Olympic team in Islington, North London.
The incredible new sculpture is also animatronic, featuring groaning noises as wiring and suspension tools move the artwork up and down on its bright red arms, with video projections coming from the bus windows.
Cerny purchased the classic bus from an owner in the Netherlands. "There is one common exercise for every sportsman in the world and that is push-ups," he explained. "...push-ups are a very universal physical activity... It is in a way very ironic."
Cerny has courted controversy in the past with his artwork. As his native Czech Republic began its EU presidency in 2009, he revealed a huge, puzzle-like object he named Entropa, which portrayed many of the European nations in highly unflattering ways.