A project to recreate the iconic Woodstock Bus, known as “Light”, by its original artist for Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
We will use the funds raised in this kickstarter to help the original artist to buy, restore, and repaint a 1963 VW bus exactly as it appeared at the Woodstock festival.
We will get it on the road to events leading up to the anniversary.
After the 50th anniversary the bus will go to a mueseum or showplace where it can be enjoyed by the most people and kept as a symbol of peace and love for the future.
Dr. Bob painted the original Woodstock hippie bus in the summer of ’69 with symbols he believed would usher in the dawn of a new age. His friends drove the bus to Woodstock to deliver the message.
“It’s not psychedelic,” says Dr. Bob, “it’s symbolic.”
Somewhere in the 50 years since, the message and the bus have been lost. Now Dr. Bob has inspired a team of experts to help him find and restore a bus for Woodstock’s 50th.
Nothing symbolizes the baby boom, the 60’s, and the hippie generation like Woodstock. And the Light Bus is the ultimate symbol of Woodstock. But the bus, like the opportunity and promise of a generation, has been lost. We're on a quest to bring this bus back.
“The Woodstock Bus, like the era of peace, love and understanding it symbolizes and celebrates, is very valuable… priceless. It is arguably the most well known piece of American modern pop cultural automotive art. And it’s lost. We’re out to find it,” says John Wesley Chisholm.
The 50th anniversary of Woodstock is coming up in August 2019.
Here's a local Baltimore news article about our search that's been going on for about a year now.
For those not yet familiar with the Woodstock Bus "Light," here is an excerpt from the passage describing it in the David and Cee Eccles book, Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper, published by Abbeville Press.
"Not only was the 'Light' Bus by Bob Hieronimus one of the first VW buses to be painted in the 'psychedelic sixties' style, its Woodstock heritage adds to its importance and influence on the future. It is not just another 'hippie bus,' but a work of art in its own right, which captures the mood and aspirations of a generation searching for its own identity and place in the universal scheme of things. The bus may have passed into legend, but its legacy as inspiration for new generations of VW bus owners lives on."
This VW bus is a classic design icon, rich in romantic associations, symbolizing fun, freedom and adventure. At Woodstock the Light Bus captured the spirit of the event and the whole counter-culture movement. Parked in pole position near the main stage, the Light Bus was photographed by Associated Press, Rolling Stone and Life magazines.
About the artist, Dr. Bob
“Dr. Bob”, Robert R. Hieronimus has been immersed in American symbols all his life. A visual artist, talk radio host, and historian, Hieronimus earned a Ph.D. with a sophisticated symbolic analysis of the reverse of the Great Seal as thesis. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio with Dr. Bob Hieronimus (http://www.21stCenturyRadio.com), is celebrating its 31st year of new paradigm talk radio.
About the Search Team
John Wesley Chisholm and the crew at Arcadia Content have been making a business of searching for lost and hidden things for over 15 years. Lost shipwrecks, Knights Templar, Stories of the Apostles, elusive narwhals, vintage machines and historic treasure have been the subject of their work with National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
With the anniversary of Woodstock just over a year away, time is running out to find, restore, and repaint the Bus. It's the Arcadia Team's biggest challenge yet, and they're documenting the whole thing for broadcasters in the US, Canada, and Germany.
The Kickstarter campaign is to help Dr. Bob Hieronimus, the original artist, to restore and repaint a 1963 VW bus, the Woodstock VW Hippie Bus, for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in August 2019.
We've determined that the original bus is gone, rusted to scrap, so we will use an identical matching year and model bus.
This is why we need you. We've put as much time and money into this project as we can, and we're covering all the costs of the documentary through international TV licenses, but we still need your help to restore this lost symbol bus.
Here's a breakdown of the costs in US Dollars.
$10,000 USD for the bus
$15,000 USD to install a new engine, brakes, tires, fuel tank, electrical, and all the parts needed to make the bus roadworthy
$15,000 USD to do the extensive body work needed to get it ready for Bob to paint
$15,000 USD for the interior work, seats, upholstery, and the parts to restore it exactly to the original design.
$15,000 USD for the paint, garage location, supplies and help Dr. Bob needs to help recreate his Volkswagen hippie bus masterpiece
-John Wesley Chisholm and Team Light
Risks and challenges
We need to find a bus.
If we can't find THE bus, we will need to find A bus. There aren't that many left.
We have vintage Volkswagen specialists around the world volunteering their time and expertise to help. That's been our experience so far... everyone we talk to wants to help and has something to offer.
The 50th anniversary of Woodstock is coming up in August 2019. Our time is running out and we have a lot of work to do to get this project on the road.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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