It might have been someplace dark and seedy. Or it might just have been you older brother’s bedroom, the corner office or even the cookie jar on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t matter: it was somewhere you were told, in some fashion, not to go. But you went there anyway.
Artist Matt Logsdon Aims To Provide Happy Surprises To Pedestrians
When Was The Last Time You Explored Your City?
Familiar routes take you to work, to pick up your dry cleaning and to get to the grocery store; they become routine.
Matt Logsdon wants to break up that routine with the Bus Project, “a civic pride project designed to promote places unique to Columbus, Ohio, advocate a pedestrian lifestyle, and bring together Columbus communities through active participation in the arts.”
The artist places playing card sized blocks with images of school buses on them in spots all over Columbus that he finds unique or interesting.
“I look for any spot that is a break in the uniformity, anything that isn’t expected, any variation, ” Logsdon says. ”That’s what I’m really trying to do with the project, break up the monotony of every day life. [I'm] just trying to make someone’s day.“
Public Art Can Be What You Spend On it
As the Bus Project has gained steam, many interesting stories have come from the community of people who have stumbled upon a bus.
One bus has traveled across the Atlantic to Israel in the hands of a visiting professor’s son, another man found some of the first buses Logsdon distributed and became obsessed with finding them, and one story is best told by the artist himself.
“I distributed some buses in the Wexner Center Book Store, and I think the manager was given some misinformation…he placed the buses for sale, for ten dollars and I was able to go and purchase one. For free work that’s available all over the city, to be placed on sale in an art institution, and then purchased by the maker of the work, it was a pretty uncanny turn of events,” Logsdon says.
Street Art: A Gift, Not A Plague
“The more I paid attention to the culture behind graffiti and paying attention to it more in Columbus, I really felt that it enriched my life on a regular basis,” Logsdon says. “The same way that going to a gallery is enriching, both visually and intellectually.”
Logsdon is passionate about changing the way we see graffiti – not as a crime, but as art. Local government officials have been quoted recently in the Columbus Dispatch stating that, “Graffiti has come to Columbus like a plague.”
Matt says he’s hoping that the Bus Project will bridge the gap between graffiti and public art for some people.
No matter what side of the fence you sit on, Logsdon’s project no doubt continues to enrich the arts community in its own way. Logsdon so far has distributed over 1250 of his busses, and aims to have 2000 on the streets of Columbus by the year’s end.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do,” he says, “so look for busses if you’re in the market for one.”
For more information, visit his website: www.thebusproject.com.