Watch: London double-decker bus does pushups to celebrate Olympics

'London Booster' installation 'London Booster' installation by David Cerny, Business Design Centre, London, Britain - 24 Jul 2012 The newest double-decker bus to take to the streets of London is in the form of David Cerny's installation,'London Booster'. The world-renowned Czech artist sourced a 1957 London bus and has added huge mechanical arms which enable it to do press-ups. It is enhanced by television screens in each window playing audio and video content.The work was commissioned by the Czech Olympic Committee and Cerny hopes it will reflect the British sense of humour as well as being a momentous symbol of the London 2012 Olympics. Rex Features via AP Images

'London Booster' installation by David Cerny, at the Business Design Centre in London, Britain, July 24, 2012.
Rex Features via AP Images

(CBS News) If the Czech Olympic team needs any extra encouragement to train while in London, they need only look out the window of the team headquarters.

That's where an artist has transformed one of the city's iconic double-decker buses into a grunting push-up machine.

According to the Telegraph, Czech artist David Cerny dreamed up the robotic sculpture, dubbed the "London Booster," which features gigantic red arms hoisting the 6-ton vehicle up and down - with a cacophony of labored groaning to boot. Watch video below:

Cerny said he thought the Routemaster bus doing pushups was "universal" because it symbolizes both athletic exercise and a form of punishment.

"It's in a way very ironic, of course," he said.

Ironic, robotic and hypnotic, if you ask passers by.

"It's very eye catching, and very pretty, and really interesting," one Londoner told Reuters TV.

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