On London Bus Routes 9 and 211During July and August 2022 and 8 buses still running until the 11th September!
“A Billion Hugs” is an uplifting Public Art Installation that is currently moving around the streets of London - using a fleet of 25 Routemaster buses as my canvas, it’s my intention that my artworks, with uplifting messages in them, will give someone a visual hug when they need it most: so they feel more loved, connected and uplifted - to know that they matter.
It’s been an unstable time for so many of us over the last few years, particularly our younger generation, who've had a lot of uncertainty in their lives: struggling with unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression. I want to remind them, and others who are finding life tough right now, to believe in themselves, to create dreams, to believe in a brighter future and to know that things will get better.
8 Uplifting buses are still running until 11th September!
Why I'm doing what I'm doing.....
16 ½ years ago, I left my job at a high-end art gallery due to burnout - the stress of it was literally making hair fall out and as I stepped out of the building for the last time, I saw a double decker bus drive past advertising a gruesome horror movie and as I felt that low, dark, negative energy, I thought: “How depressing! Wouldn’t it be so much nicer to see something more uplifting, something more joyful, something like “I Believe in You” to remind people to believe in themselves…”
I decided then and there that I was going to make a difference to people’s lives - rather than spreading fear and sadness, I wanted to spread uplifting messages showing people that they are loved and that they matter.
And so now, many years later, at a time when the world really needs more love, hope, optimism and good energy in it, I’m taking on those very horror movies with “A Billion Hugs” a public art project accessible to all.
"A Billion Hugs" on buses 9 and 211On the roads now until 28th August 2022
There are a total of 45 new Routemaster buses at the Hammersmith bus depot 25 of them have "A Billion Hugs" on them - that's more than one in every two!
Bus Route 9 is from Hammersmith to the Aldwych via Hyde Park and Piccadilly Circus
Bus Route 211 is from Hammersmith to Waterloo via Fulham, Chelsea, Victoria and Westminster
I have funded some of the costs of "A Billion Hugs" by people sponsoring a name or a word in the artwork and the outpouring of love has been truly incredible - I’ve met many wonderful people who also want to make a difference: to see others feeling a bit brighter, loved and more connected.