GUEST WRITER: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Act Group, UK
The exciting new “Ghost Bus” visual art project by Roberto Alborghetti – Italian journalist, writer and visual artist – is now touring the world wide web over the next two months attracting many admirers along the way. This itinerant “modern art gallery” is culminating in a special short films premiere and social gathering on Friday 27 March at 6.30pm at Bartons Plc, Chilwell High Road, Nottingham, to which you are most cordially invited.
Website and social media viewers are enthralled and mystified by what Roberto has created from the totally natural and realistic photo images he took last October of the 1956 “Ghost Bus” when he toured the huge Bartons garage site housing superb exhibition and special events space as well as a wonderful collection of vintage vehicles. Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?
What captured Roberto’s imagination was the story behind the “Ghost Bus” which Simon Barton relayed to him. The URR 865 AEC Reliance had been slumbering in an open Suffolk field for 20 years, resistant to both scrapping or restoration, before being discovered and brought back to its original fold a few years ago.
A vehicle-sister of the “Ghost Bus” had been documented in an incredible 1959 movie in Kodachrome colour of a group of English ladies and gentlemen who toured from Nottingham to the Italian Riviera on a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday, now posted on http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/index.php/2012-01-23-22-22-17/the-ghost-bus.
Bartons was once the largest independent bus company in Western Europe and one of the first firms in the world to operate a timetabled bus service.
As shown in the short film, some images (“Maps”) come from the Land Rover vehicle that is parked next to the old bus. The vehicles are both distressed in the same manner from decades outside, both the same age, British in manufacture and both have decades long association with Barton family. Both vehicles are still on site.
It was good reason for Roberto to create and build a different road trip of the artistic kind between Italy and the land of Robin Hood. So he set to work incorporating the “Ghost Bus” for his “Lacer/actions” project concerning realistic images of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials.
The Ghost Bus project is already attracting media and TV attention in Italy and around the world, so hop on board and enjoy the ride!
For further information, please contact:
Marysia Zipser, founder ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and arts/heritage tourism promoter, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob 07899 798487
Roberto Alborghetti, email: email@example.com
Simon Barton, Bartons Plc: http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/