Barbara Kruger wrapped entire buses in her iconic prints

Barbara Kruger - School Bus, 2012
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
Photo: Steve Cohn/lafund.org

Why did Kruger wrap these buses?

Barbara Kruger wrapped a school bus, addressing the importance of arts education in Los Angeles public schools. Her work is usually known for its bold, eye-catching design, and philosophical themes. The artist’s project for Arts Matter, a philanthropic organization, rendered in Kruger’s signature style, addressed directly and urgently the importance of education, especially in the arts. Kruger’s statement, Art is as heavy as sorrow, as light as a breeze, as bright as an idea.. emphasizes the fluid nature of art. At the same time, Kruger stresses that art remains a crucial and indispensable part of a successful educational system. School Bus also references an earlier bus wrap Kruger created for New York City’s Public Art Fund in 1997 (photo below).

About Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger is an artist based in Los Angeles and New York and is one of the most renowned contemporary artists working today. For over three decades, her work has encompassed a broad spectrum of context and scale, ranging from publication inserts to immersive installations that involve text, images and video. Kruger’s work has appeared in museums and galleries worldwide.

All School Buses

New York, 1997

Bus Wrap for the Public Art Fund, New York City - Barbara Kruger, November 1 - 30, 1997
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, November 1-30 1997, New York
Photo: Public Art Fund/publicartfund.org

Los Angeles, 2012

Barbara Kruger Bus- L.A. Art Fund
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
Photo: LA Fund/lafund.org

Barbara Kruger - Arts Matter bus (1)
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
Photo: LA Fund/lafund.org

Barbara Kruger - Arts Matter bus (2)
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
Photo: LA Fund/lafund.org

Barbara Kruger - Arts Matter bus (3)
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
Photo: LA Fund/lafund.org

Cologne, Germany, 2013

Barbara Kruger - Bus for Mu­se­um Lud­wig, Koeln, Germany, 2013 1
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2013, for Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Photo: Museum Ludwig/museum-ludwig.de

Barbara Kruger - Bus for Mu­se­um Lud­wig, Koeln, Germany, 2013 2
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2013, for Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Photo: Museum Ludwig/museum-ludwig.de

Barbara Kruger - Bus for Mu­se­um Lud­wig, Koeln, Germany, 2013 3
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2013, for Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Photo: Museum Ludwig/museum-ludwig.de

Barbara Kruger - Bus for Mu­se­um Lud­wig, Koeln, Germany, 2013 4
Barbara KrugerSchool Bus, 2013, for Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Photo: Museum Ludwig/museum-ludwig.de

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