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Picasso Would Be Proud: How A Mother-Daughter Duo Inspired Their Neighbors To Get Creative

They wanted to change their view and help lift peoples' spirits during the lockdown.


What do you see when you look out of your window?

For those of us who have been stuck indoors for the better part of a month now, our view of the outside world has been one of our only lifelines outside of our homes or apartments.

When the world started locking down to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Sarah Lamarr, a part-time teacher and mother of a 4-year-old in London, England, knew she had to do something about her view. Lamarr lives on the ground floor of an apartment building, and her window looks directly at a bus stop across the street.

Lamarr's view has gotten better since she started the bus stop gallery. @busstopgallery

Faced with the reality that she would be staring at a bland bus stop for days on end, Lamarr and her daughter Rosie started to decorate the stop with their artwork. They encouraged others to add their own work to the gallery to give themselves, along with public transit riders and passers-by, something fun to look at as the quarantine drags on.

"If you have a bus stop near you I would really encourage anyone to do the same because it's just a really lovely thing to have in your community," Lamarr told Reuters.

Lamarr and her daughter Rosie came up with the idea for the gallery when they wanted to change their view. @busstopgallery

Lamarr and Rosie made a banner to hang in the gallery with the following message: "Children and grown-ups, please add your quarantine art (with gloves!)."

Within days, the bus stop started filing up with bright, cheerful drawings. Some signed their work and wrote positive messages to thank frontline workers, others left their identities unknown.

Lamarr included an Instagram address on the sign so that people could take photos of their artwork and tag the account.

Now, instead of a boring old bus stop outside of their window, Lamarr and Rosie see a community hub bursting with color and happiness.

Some artists have written thank you letter for frontline workers. @busstopgallery

But they're not the only ones who are enjoying the new view.

"People definitely need to see these messages and it just adds colour and a bit of fun and a bit of brightness to what otherwise could be a tough day for somebody," local resident and mother Vicky Levitin said. "I think it just lifts the spirits, it's fabulous."

What an awesome way to bring hope and cheer to an otherwise gray corner of the city. We hope to see more bus stop art galleries popping up soon!

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the Lamarrs' idea?


Why not take their lead and create your own bus stop gallery? You can start by reaching out to your local transportation office and ask for permission. Then it's just a matter of posting a few pieces and getting people inspired to do the same. Share the location of the gallery on social media, and sit back and watch as the space fills up with colorful works of art!


Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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