Jeppe Hein’s Altered Park Bench Sculptures

Out of investigating architecture, communication, and social behavior in the urban space, Jeppe Hein’s Modified Social Benches was born. The bench designs borrow their basic form from normal park or garden benches seen everywhere, but are altered in various degrees to make the act of sitting on them a conscious physical endeavor. With their modification, the spaces they inhabit become active rather than places of rest and solitude; they foster exchange between the users and the passers-by, thus lending the work a social quality. Due to their alteration, the benches end up somewhere between a dysfunctional object and a functional piece of furniture and thus point out the contradiction between artwork and functional object. (via empty kingdom)

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