Just outside Leytonstone tube station, by the bus stop, is a most appropriate work of public art – a cluster of buses, made from bricks. This is Time Terminus by the local artist, Lodewyk Pretor and was put here in 1999.

Although it looks circular, it’s actually two halves, with one side having a double-decker bus, surmounted by a single-decker bus and an early wooden-wheeled bus. On the other side is a double-decker bus, a tram and assorted motorised public transport vehicles from various decades.

The brickie art owes its origins to the aftermath of the devastation caused by the digging of the M11 Link Road, a hugely controversial road project that saw hundreds of houses demolished to create the space for the roar of road traffic.

Sitting here, above the cutting, a roundabout was built with a bus and taxi stop for the tube station — and as part of the borough’s funding to improve the area after the road opened, they commissioned a piece of public art. Built on site in early 1999, it’s made from brick to fit in with the old tube station and the paving of the roundabout. The artist said that he wanted the sculpture to blend with the surrounds rather than being a bold foreign material intrusion into the landscape.

At the heart of the central core of concrete and reinforced steel, and unknown to anyone other than the artist, Mr Pretor placed two items – a kitchen sink and a roll of wallpaper, taken from the site of one of the Leytonstone houses demolished in order to make way for the new road.

It was seen as both a homage to the demolished houses, and a conceit to conceal such a memorial within a sculpture that championed road transport.

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  1. Boonta Eve says:

    My favourite is the Time Spiral outside Maryland

  2. Melvyn says:

    I’ve never noticed this and by the time that I am allowed to go to London will have long forgotten about it !

  3. Sue McCarthy says:

    Strange to see it so isolated. Another aspect of this robust piece of sculpture is the way it lends itself to being climbed on and up by local children. In happier times it’s not unusual to see someone sitting on top. Not sure if the artist had that in mind.

  4. Lynne says:

    When I finally get back to usimg my Pensioners Pass
    (hopefully I dodge the cull) one more thing to explore
    thanks to IanVisits.

  5. Jess Phillips says:

    Love Ian’s Flickr page but… he never replies to comments or questions.

    Strange when you consider he wants lots of followers and interaction.

    Would send him money for his donorbox but his aloofness suggests it’d go unnoticed too. Bye!

    • ianvisits says:

      Thank you for your comment, but I don’t really use Flickr anymore — and it was only ever a photo storage space for me — but having logged in this morning, I can’t see any comments or questions on there since March 2019 – over a year ago.

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