Most broken-down vehicles end up in a junkyard — not this retro French bus.
It’s getting a second life as a quirky swimming pool.
Artist Benedetto Bufalino, whose work often involves turning vehicles into whimsical water installations, gutted an old charter bus, removing the seats, flooring and side panels. Tipped on its side, the bus was fitted with a custom liner so that the basin could hold water. The finished pool measures almost 30 feet long and 8 feet wide, with the capacity for 10 swimmers at a time.
The surreal installation, located in Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, A UNESCO World Heritage site, is part of a local arts program called “Odyssée Euralens,” which the town hopes will attract tourists to the area.
The pool, which opened in August, will be moved to three more sites before it finds a permanent home.
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