The Volkswagen Light Bus is a far out time machine.
Okay, to be fair, this isn’t the same Light Bus that garnered fame at the 1969 Woodstock Art and Music Fair. This is a faithful recreation by Dr. Bob Hieronimus, an artist who is taking his work to the Orange County Transporter Organization (OCTO) Winter Meet in Long Beach, California this weekend. He had painted the original 1963 Volkswagen Microbus in 1968, at the invitation of the van’s owner. The van became a symbol of the larger call for peace that permeated the Woodstock festival. “This bus is about being one people on one planet,” Hieronimus said of the recreation.
He and Canadian producer John Wesley Chisholm decided to build a replica Light Bus after their fruitless search for the original example. Despite their troubles, they were able to track down the same model year and set out on a painstaking restoration process. Volkswagen jumped in to support the six-week build, which also brought in a team of five artists to recreate the paintings on the original van.
Chisholm said of the Light Bus, “It’s a living room on wheels that you can outfit any way you want, and transports you and your family, however you define family, wherever you want to go.”
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