Nuart Festival produced the first ever series of curated Street Art buses as part of their on-going project to establish Stavanger as the world’s first ‘Art City’. The three-year collaboration between Nuart Festival and regional bus company Kolumbus began in September 2016 and saw four artists, Add Fuel (PT), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Martin Whatson (NO) and Hama Woods (NO) leave there artistic mark on four buses. For their latest art Bus collaboration they have commissioned Belgian stencil artist Jaune.
Jaune is a stencil artist and urban interventionist whose work sees miniature, hi-vis wearing workers become the protagonists in various comical scenarios.
For this project he transformed an 18m bus into a giant cardboard box with two contrasting scenes either side: Order… and Chaos. As the public enter and exit the bus on one side they can see a relatively serene scene…
Whereas on the other side the bus is depicted fully in motion, with the same characters clinging on for the ride!
“It’s not the first time I’ve made human scale characters but it is the first time that I’ve scaled up some of my stencils from 1:5 to life size, which was necessary due to the size and speed at which this canvas will be moving! In the same way that the scale of advertising ensures you can read it driving by in 1 second, this is the same principle…except you’re not moving, the canvas is.
I started by recreating the shape of the bus to scale with cardboard boxes and made my sketch directly on top. I decided to keep the background to keep this link with the idea of moving goods and delivering objects. These boxes are the most commonly used container for all types of objects and are used by everyone at some point or another – in the same way public transport should be.” Juane
“Street Art has a long and venerable tradition of making visible the invisible … It acts as an outlet for people who for one reason or another become marginalised from day to day life in the city, and Jaune’s story is the perfect example of how street art can empower individual’s to take ownership of their urban environment. We hope that people will enjoy seeing Jaune’s bus rolling through Stavanger’s streets and, if nothing else, that it puts a smile on people’s faces.” James Finucane, General Manager at Nuart Festival
“We want to make leaving your car at home an attractive choice. Putting art on buses can help make mass transport a bit more exciting. Nuart adds spice to our daily commuters’ lives and I think the cooperation between Nuart and Kolumbus is appreciated by our customers and citizens, they’re certainly enjoying Jaune’s latest design!” Grethe Skundberg, press spokesperson for Kolumbus
This project is made possible with the support of Rogaland Fylkeskommune.
Set your reminders now as Nuart Festival 2018 takes place from 6-9 September 2018 in the Art City of Stavanger. See you there!!
Photo Credit Brian Tallman