Woodstock Festival (1969)

Bus trip: A local artist and documentary crew are hunting for a Woodstock icon

Bus trip: A local artist and documentary crew are hunting for a Woodstock icon

In a now-iconic photo of ’60s counterculture, one Woodstock attendee scowls at the camera while another looks into the distance at a crowd thousands strong. But it is the bus they’re perched on, not the people themselves, that eventually became famous.

The old Volkswagen Kombi is covered in colors and symbols that span ages, continents and astral planes: a sphinx, an eagle, stars and moons, writhing flames and wiggling waves, the Aquarius zodiac sign and the 10 incarnations of Vishnu. Words in languages current, ancient and legendary splay across its doors, bumpers and hatches, predicting a future in which the people of the world are united.

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