Gallery: Jeppe Hein’s Quirky ‘Social Benches’ are Interactive Sculpture...

 
The benches became a contradiction, lying somewhere between a dysfunctional object and an artwork. Hein aimed to open up a dialogue between those that use them and people passing by, about the often overlooked social quality of the common bench.

Jeppe Hein has re-imagined the average public bench by creating a series of modified benches that open up discussion about social behavior in urban spaces. The Danish artist took the form of a typical bench and adapted it in different ways, using raised platforms or diagonal sections to alter the staid seat’s function.

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