Commuting can be soul-crushing: The traffic, the exhaust, the monotony.
But there’s a better way.
A few lucky bus riders in Taipei, Taiwan, are swapping the concrete jungle for the real thing thanks to a innovative art installation on a city bus.
Taiwan’s “forest bus” offers riders the chance to sit among lilies, orchids, and ferns on moss-covered seats.
Florist Alfie Lin and designer Xiao Qing-Yang converted a 20-seater bus into a mobile solarium designed to resemble an imaginary forest.
The duo adorned the space with real plants and flowers local to Taipei, making the ride a trip for all of the senses.
The bus route rolls past some of Taipei’s popular attractions and destinations, so tourists and locals alike will have a chance to experience the project. The installation is a way to celebrate green spaces and add some outdoor elements to the travel routines of local commuters.
“The main reason is I think Taiwan should have its own view on nature,” Lin told AFP.
Taipei is no stranger to green space, boasting parks large and small including Yangmingshan, a national park partly within the city limits. But even with beautiful parks and reserves, Taipei is populous and bustling, so getting out to enjoy the great outdoors may be easier said than done. Luckily, the forest bus is making it a little simpler.
The forest bus is free and running for a limited time, but many riders hope to make it permanent.
The lush commute is a nice change of pace from Taipei’s packed city buses and is garnering lots of attention on social media. Because, save for a few allergy sufferers, who wouldn’t want to ride among beautiful flowers and plants?
“I feel happy and relaxed on the bus smelling the flowers and plants,” passenger Celine Wei told AFP. “I hope it can become a regular service on a double-decker. It would become something special to Taipei.”