Since 2002 the Ventura bus stop at Telegraph Rd next to the Pacific View Mall remains as Ventura's most controversial piece of public art. Created by renowned sculptor, Dennis Oppenheim, "Bus Home " is a looping cork screw of steel, concrete, acrylic, paint, and electric light. It stands 36' at its tallest height.
Per the artist: "The work depicts the metamorphosis of a bus becoming a house...entering the ground and coming up again. For the tired and often alienated traveler the experience of waiting wished to be intervened by the realization that the transaction will be complete. The passengers will arrive at their destination. They will arrive home."
The New York artist may have had this dreamy vision in his mind when
he designed "Bus Home," but for some local bus riders it was anything but
dreamy. They complained of the lack of rain shelter and thought it was
a huge unnecessary waste of public money. They were not alone in their
criticism, especially after the paint did not hold up to Ventura's
ocean climate. Repair costs were in the multi-thousands and the city
eventually sued to recoup some of the costs.
Nearly ten years later, "Bus Home" decorates the north end of the
Pacific View Mall as a monument of 21st century art and doing its best
to remind riders they'll soon be home. Love it or hate it, the bus stop
often makes the list of the most cool or unusual bus stops around the
world. However, most Venturans have yet to warm up to this "funky" bus
stop. What do you think?