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St Louis has its arch. I've seen it, and been in it. It's time London had an arch too. The St Louis arch is made from stainless steel (I believe), but London has a much more iconic material - hundreds of redundant Routemaster buses.
The idea is to create a large parabolic arch formed out of Routemaster
buses. At each end there would a substantial number of buses to anchor the structure, which would taper in increments with the buses being like large pixels. A specially modified single humpbacked bus would form the keystone apex of the curve.
[xenzag, Jul 16 2012]
||TfL may no longer be using them but they're
far from "redundant". That includes the one
that the RMT have
stolen to give Boris Johnson their version of a
Viking funeral, but
in his case while he's still alive. There's a
demand for them to be converted into
campaign buses, tour vehicles for pop groups,
deluxe campers (RV's), mobile clinics,
libraries or laboratories ...
||They are pretty rugged, and there's a wealth
of knowledge on how to drive, maintain and
repair them. Relatively speaking, spares are
attractively priced. And they have a
kinematic envelope that allows them to
travel on the majority of roads without
problems, low bridges permitting.
||You'd be better off making your arch from
things that are cheap, trashy, disposable aand
genuinely redundant and unwanted.
Apparently there's a glut of pre-owned News
Corporation journalists just now
them even come with accessories like pre-
owned politicians, police officers and judges