JAUNT bus design features work by Staunton-based artist, Craig Snodgrass
The Tom Tom Festival, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), and JAUNT are proud to announce this year’s second winning design for the fifth annual City Art Bus competition: Craig Snodgrass’ “Scenic Snodbots.” Following a ceremony at Charlottesville’s Downtown Transit Station on March 27, the robot-covered JAUNT bus hit the road and joined a colorful CAT bus designed by Egypt.
Snodgrass is a Staunton-based painter, illustrator, web developer, and self-proclaimed “robot fighter.” His design features a series of exploratory robots roaming a lunar landscape.
Snodgrass grew up in various towns and mountaintops throughout Appalachia and was deeply influenced by American pop culture in its peak decade; MAD magazine, Star Wars, He-Man, G.I. Joe, Atari 2600, early MTV, and more joined forces to shape his work. Over the past several years, Snodgrass has written and illustrated a children’s book, developed designer toys, and designed a line of t-shirts and shoes. He is currently working on his first-ever SnodBOTS comic book.
The second winning design, Egypt’s “New Beginnings, Eternal Life,” was wrapped onto a CAT bus and released onto Charlottesville’s streets a few weeks ago. It amplifies a story of growth, transition, and culture by featuring iconic black artists, performers, and intellectuals juxtaposed with imagery of African nature scenes and Egyptian royalty. Learn more.
Both buses will be live on the city’s streets during the eighth annual Tom Tom Festival (April 8–14) in Charlottesville. In its fifth year, the annual City Art Bus initiative has expanded to include the wrapping of both CAT and JAUNT public transit buses. These two moving murals operate on bus lines throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County and will be seen by an estimated 200,000+ riders and residents throughout the coming year. More information can be found at www.tomtomfest.com/city-art-bus.
Bus wrapping complete! Photo credit: Jason Surma, March 2019
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