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Felix the Cassowary

It's nice to see that those buses seem to be useful even for people who don't know their bus route off by heart: unlike most wraps, all the windows are clear! (I'm guessing he's removing the displays from the back windows of that bus.) I catch buses semi-regularly, so I don't know all the routes I could ever want to take off-by-heart, and if they have wraps it's almost impossible to tell where I am; they might as well have no windows at all.

Art Busman

As a bus rider, I have two major pet peeves, cushion-less seats (you can stick cushion seats closer to the front to minimize vandalism and cost, vandalism seems to take place most in the back of buses) and bus wraps that obscure your view of the outside world and in some cases offer a wonderfully nauseating visual experience as your eyes try to focus beyond something placed right in front of it, holes and all. Perhaps one reason people find buses undignified is the way you are treated as a bus rider, in an undignified manner, sitting on cushion-less seats like a criminal in the back of a police car and looking out cheddar cheese windows like your view of the world is considered trivial (yes, both figuratively and literally in this case). Imagine the poor, young, and disabled being forced to wear advertising glasses where ads are placed for others to see on the outside while from the point of the view of the wearer, all he sees are tiny holes through which to see where he's going. Yes, being forced, because we live in a society that makes it impossible for the poor, young, and disabled to get anywhere without automobile transportation.

Alex

Transit Australia recently carried a number of articles and letters highly critical of advertising wraps, especially on Brisbane buses and Adelaide trams. Photos of the latter look particularly bad, with everything covered (often in dark colours) except the doors and driver's windows.

On the other hand, I agree that on an occasional, time-limited one-off basis, buses and trams can make wonderful mobile art forms. Perhaps the best example of this in Australia was the Melbourne Z-class tram which was heavily decorated by bus designers from Karachi to emulate the buses in that city as part of the cultural festival for the 2008 Commonwealth Games.

Have a look at some of the pictures at http://funnywebpark.blogspot.com/2010/08/pakistani-style-tram-in-australia.html - have a look at the video as well to see how the tram's passengers embraced the project.

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