London Booster by David Cerny

Mimi ON Jul 24, 2012 AT 5:07 pm

The London Booster

Czech sculptor David Cerny is to unveil his first major, public commission in London for over a decade. The London Booster consists of a double-decker London bus manufactured in 1957, which Cerny has fitted with enormous mechanical arms allowing it to do press-ups. The work has been created to coincide with London hosting the Olympics and will be on display outside the Business Design Centre in Islington, which will be transformed into Czech House for the duration of the games.

The bus will move up and down to varying heights and angles of elevation and will provide additional video and audio content through the windows which are made from a continuous television screen. The complex engineering required to build this monumental moving piece has taken six months of planning and construction. Cerny comments:

“The obsession with sport, the frenzy it generates, sometimes even ending in street war and regularly in a dependence on the activity, always amazed me. And the only sport which I’m able to watch passively is pole dancing. Although objectively speaking, I’m quite sporty: biking, swimming, flying, certainly I would not call myself an athlete. I’m probably obtaining dopamine from other physical sources. Press-ups are a particular physical exercise which every athlete does, but they also form part of a military drill and sometimes are forced on prisoners as punishment.

When I was approached by the architects of the Czech House to work on a piece, I took the challenge and, I hope, besides its monumentality and humour, the London Booster shows a certain ambivalence and irony”

London Booster will be on display from the 24th July 2012 in conjunction with Czech House and its 17 days of sport, culture and entertainment at the Business Design Centre and officially opens on 27 July at 10 am. Czech House is run by the Czech Olympic Committee with the support of many institutional and business partners from the Czech Republic.

The completion of this ambitious project has been made possible through the generous support of Andrej Babiš of Agrofert Holding. After its return to Prague, it will be housed on a specially constructed plinth outside the Agrofert Headquarters accessible to the public.

London Booster will be on display from the 24th July 2012 in conjunction with Czech House and its 17 days of sport, culture and entertainment at the Business Design Centre and officially opens on 27 July at 10 am. Czech House is run by the Czech Olympic Committee with the support of many institutional and business partners from the Czech Republic.

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