Bus shelters are certainly more exciting these days, with the introduction of solar powered timetables, and animated billboards, but if artist Nils Norman had his way they would also be spreading an important environmental message. For the current Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern he has created, among other things, a bus shelter with a conscience. Inside there are posters that, instead of promoting consumerism, give a warning of impending environmental disasters. They also give possible solutions to surviving a flood, making your own bio-diesel and surviving West Nile Virus! On the roof of the shelter is a wooden planter containing drought-resistant plants, such as agaves and arids, a stark reminder of how our gardens may look in the future if global warming continues. Unfortunately this bus shelter isn't going to be put onto our streets any time soon, infact after the exhibition it will be stripped back to it's former glory and given back to London Transport.
The Global Cities exhibition runs from 20th June to 27th August, and entry is free.
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