Artist David Cerny has courted controversy before but he hopes his latest work will spur on the Czech Olympic athletes.
A Czech artist has turned a trademark London double-decker bus into an athlete doing push-ups to celebrate the Olympic Games.
The bus is due to be installed in London – near to where the Czech team will be staying and where he hopes it will exercise throughout the entire 2012 games.
David Cerny bought the 1957 London bus from an owner in the Netherlands, attached two huge arms, an electrical engine and a lot of wiring and suspension tools to make it into an art piece called London Booster.
All the mechanics inside make the six-ton bus move up and down on the bright-red arms, raising the chassis into various angles, accompanied by recordings of a groaning voice and video projections in the windows.
“There is one common exercise for every sportsman in the world, and that is push-ups,” he said.
“So I thought the push-ups would be perfect fun. The thing about the push-ups is also that in one hand it is training for sport activities but at the same time it is also punishment in armies or prisons.”