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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London bus does press-ups for Olympics

25th July 2012

Czech artist David Cerny has transformed a London bus into a special robotic sculpture in celebration of the Olympics.

The double-decker vehicle will be located outside the headquarters of the Czech Olympic team in Islington, north London and has been named the London Booster.

Starting on July 27th, visitors staying in central London hotels will be able to see the 1957 Routemaster performing push-ups for the entire period of the London 2012 Games.

Cerny has made the six-tonne bus move using an electrical engine and two large-scale arms and it is definitely a striking piece of art.

"There is one common exercise for every sportsman in the world, and that is push-ups," explained the Czech artist.

"So I thought the push-ups would be perfect fun. The thing about push-ups is also that, on one hand, it is training for sport activities. But at the same time, it is also punishment in armies or prisons. So push-ups are a very universal kind of movement of proving physical abilities. And that's why I like it. So it is, in a way, very ironic of course."

Since 2008, the Cultural Olympiad has attempted to showcase the UK's varied arts and the London 2012 Festival is the concluding part of the Olympiad and organisers estimate that around 18 million people will have taken part in the project.

As well as art, there are events taking place that aim to highlight talent within dance, comedy, theatre and photography. Large institutions across London including the Tate Modern, the British Library and the Southbank Centre have all hosted unique events as part of the festival.

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