Three Arriva buses are sporting eye catching new liveries thanks to support from Manchester based HMG Paints. The buses are a part of the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, Liverpool Biennial, which is running until 16th October.
The three Arriva double decker city buses, designed by contemporary artists for the festival, have been hand painted by the Arriva St Helens painting team, using HMG Paints products, including SAH300, a high solids 1K Polyurethane alkyd designed for brush application. Tony O’Connor and Martyn Binnington, worked closely with the Arriva St Helens painting team, the Liverpool Biennial team and the designers throughout the creative process, specifying the best products and colour matching for each of the designs.
One of the buses for the festival, entitled “Hello Future Me” and also known as the “Space Bus,” has been designed by Year 7 pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy in collaboration with design studio Hato. The second bus in the collection is called “Blaze” and is designed by Liverpool-based artist Frances Disley, which is inspired by the 1990’s game-show Gladiators.
The final bus, “Mrs. Muir”, was designed by Portuguese artist Ana Jotta and disguises the vehicle in a solid brick pattern. The “Brick Bus” used HMG Paint’s C71 Speedline, a fast drying synthetic alkyd enamel. The team used an incredible 30 rolls of fine line tape to recreate the brick design as realistic as possible.
To see more on the project you can search #SpaceBus, #BrickBus and #BlazeBus online and on social media sites or head to Youtube to see a timelapse of the processes.