Monday, August 18, 2014

Baltimore's Big Bold Beautiful Bus Stop Sculpture...

You may miss the bus
but you won't miss the bus stop.
Designed by the Madrid design collective Mmmm the big bold and beautiful, the imaginative typographical sculpture with its fourteen foot high and seven foot wide letters is situated on South East Avenue in the Highlandtown neighbourhood of Baltimore.
It's a place to enjoy, interact and meet while waiting for the bus. Made from wood and steel the letters are big enough to accommodate two to four people each while assuming different postures of sitting, standing or lounging.
Funny isn't it how riding on a bus
can change the world.
Life can be seen as similar to a bus journey.
We can meet strangers yet to be friends and
if Rosa Parks hadn't refused to move to the back of the bus the world may never have heard of Doctor Martin Luther King...


  1. I love your blog but I have to say that I think this is ridiculous design. The materials, exposed wood and steel, will need constant upkeep to keep the structure from fading, cracking, splintering and rusting. Because it's not transparent the bus drivers will never know if someone is waiting for the bus unless the person waiting steps out onto the curb... making the actual stop a moot point (not to mention the fraying nerves of the drivers) It's quite large, taking up a huge amount of space for very minimal covered/sitting space. That design, made from compressed wood chips and plastic like many new decking materials might earn some points in a children's play area. But as a public bus stop it leaves a lot to be desired.

    1. The Bus Stop has its supporters and its detractors as it would of course.
      The much more important thing we should celebrate is your wonderfully good taste in blogs.

  2. The design of the bus stop is irrelevant. In any case the people who would use it are still stuck with public transportation....

  3. As a bus stop, 2 out of 10
    As a sculpture 8 out of 10
    As a good use of money 2 out of 10