This week there’s a special Bus on tour in Stavanger, Norway. The Bus is covered with a work by streetartist M-City. But what’s so special about it? We drives by bus or by train every day to get to our families, friends or to work. We know when to take what bus to get to our destination on time. And we trust the drivers to get us there safely.
M-city wants to raise awareness to the refugees who get on little boats to get to a totally new place to save their lives. They don’t know what awaits them or where exactly they end up to be.
“A bus is like a small boat, moving from A to B. Usually we just sit in our seat, switch off and look out the window at the same things: same buildings, same houses, same cars, same shops, same weather, same people. We don’t know the driver or the other passengers but we trust the driver to reach our destination safely. Finally, we exit at our stop to go to our jobs, our families, our friends, the bar, the shopping centre… But let’s imagine that the bus is a boat, a kind of pontoon. You look out as far as you can see and you don’t recognise anything. You don’t know the driver or the other passengers. You don’t know where you’re going or if you’ll get there safely. You don’t know any of the stops and you don’t know what will happen to you when you reach your destination. But you and all the passengers do have a common goal: to save your life.”
The bus is part of the Nuart Festival which aims Stavanger to be THE art city of the world. “Nuart’s goal is to make art a part of people’s everyday lives: to bring art out of museums and galleries onto the city streets. This collaboration with Kolumbus is just one of the many ways in which we are able to achieve this goal” JAMES FINUCANE, General Manager at Nuart Festival.
Sources: Juxtapoz, graffitistreet, graffitistreet (about the Nuart Festival), arrestedmotion