BUS stops in Brimscombe and Thrupp have been having a bit of a make over.
Brimscombe and Thrupp Parish Council commissioned art collective Studio 18 to revamp the bus shelters on the A419 London Road into inspiring and engaging art installations.
Ten bus stops have been transformed into public works of art forming a trail along London Road.
The bus shelter project was inspired by one family’s effort to make waiting for a bus more comfortable for their mum.
Last August, they made their local stop in Thrupp look like a cosy sitting room so that their mum would have a nicer wait for her bus.
This prompted the parish council to come up with a plan to make all their bus shelters nicer for the people taking public transport, and also for those walking and driving past.
After almost a year in the making, the ‘Art Shelter’ launch is taking place tomorrow.
Colette Wilson, parish council chair, said: “We’d like to invite everyone to take this trail to revel in the wonderfully creative and immersive installations in what were once dreary bus stops.”
Starting at Bowbridge and going on to Toadsmoor, the trail ends at Studio 18 where there will be a celebration of the artists involved.
Artists’ work for sale will be on exhibition and a chance to discuss and find out more about the inspiration behind the project.
Colette added: “It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day with food stalls by Chief and CocoCaravan, and tunes by Lensmen, Loco Dooms, CONCEPT13 and Jimmy Jam. With a selection of specially designed Studio 18 cocktails.” Doors open at 1pm. Free entry.
Studio 18 is located along the towpath between Stroud Brewery and The Ship Inn. There is no available parking on site so drivers are advised to park at Stroud Brewery and walk along the towpath.
Photos by Ollie Hardy.