Will bus stop art get us talking?

Can artwork on the roofs of bus stops encourage us to talk to each other more?

That's the aim of two artists who have been awarded a cash prize to help us celebrate the 2012 Olympics.

Londoners Paula Le Dieu and Alfie Dennen have been commissioned to use the roofs of bus stops across all the boroughs to act as a canvas for residents to tell their stories.

The commission is one of 12 special designs by Arts Council England and London 2012 in the first major project for the Cultural Olympiad.

Alfie says: "This was an opportunity for us to engage all of London. Creativity is untapped and sits within everyone and if we just give them the tools to express that and have a voice, well that's the core of the project."

The roofs of 40 bus shelters across all London boroughs will offer LED panels as canvases on which Londoners can talk to each other, display their creativity, play games and express what is special about their London. The installations will add a joyful surprise to the experience of riding on buses, inspiring wonder and creativity in one of the last places expected.

I don't know about promoting London 2012, but there is definitely scope for councils or operators to use the space to promote bus travel!