Two years ago, artists Bob Snead and Seth Gadsden spearheaded a bus trip with a difference — they traveled around the country in an eco-friendly vehicle, collaborating with art groups along the way. They shared their adventure with Dawn and Taylor Snead, Jamie Self, Joe and Amy Kristofoletti, and Kentridge the dog. They called the project Transit Antenna and kept in touch with their fans back home via a website which included longwinded blog posts, a “we are here” map, videos, and photos.
Constant art-making was only half the hassle. Snead, Gadsden and their cohorts lived a nomadic existence, with only their bus, Walter, to call home.
When Walter died late last year and was buried in the desert, the travelers made a tough decision. They went their separate ways, handing over the project reigns to Tom Hollingworth and his family.
The original travelers have new projects of their own to develop. The Kristofolettis recently had a baby boy. Gadsden is working on a mural and Self is writing for newspapers in Clover, S.C. The Sneads will be in Charleston through the summer, advising their successors on the trials that lie ahead for them.
In their home city of Miami, the Hollingworths are converting a different, as yet unnamed bus to run on waste vegetable oil. It remains to be seen whether they’re in for the long haul. Check out transitantenna.com for updates.