'Sweet' Rides At SCOPE Art Show

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

If only Pratima Naithani could have picked us up from class. The artist converted an old yellow school bus into a moving multi-media art installation.

This week, The Sweet Shop makes its official debut at the SCOPE New York Art Show. It’s scheduled to shuttle art lovers back-and-forth between Scope, the Armory and Pulse.

Bright blue paint and neon stencils cover the exterior of the bus. On the inside, it’s more simple. Two rows of seats face each other and Naithani’s work hangs down the middle aisle. The suspended panels depict various scenes from candy shops in India, where she often traveled as a child.

“It’s all about Indian street culture, and this whole energy that comes from there. Sweet shops are a big part of that, as well as truck art,” said Naithani. She admires the bright color pallete and the way bus drivers "love to decorate” everything.

Fair-goers are in safe hands. A professional race-car driver, Louis Albornoz, will be behind the wheel, playing chauffer.

Still no word on whether any sweets will be included in the ride.

For the full parking and ride schedule, visit


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