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Jeppe Hein’s Quirky ‘Social Benches’ are Interactive Sculptures That Engage the Public

Posted By Helen Morgan On May 7, 2012 @ 4:44 pm In Art,green furniture,Landscape Architecture,Urban design | No Comments

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Jeppe Hein [1] has re-imagined the average public bench by creating a series of modified benches [2] that open up discussion about social behavior in urban spaces [3]. 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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Installed in the seaside Belgian town of De Haan [4], the benches turned sitting into a conscious task. Their finished forms lie somewhere between dysfunctional objects and works of art. Hein aimed to open up a dialogue between those that use them and the people passing by about the often-overlooked social qualities of the common bench.

The modified benches follow Hein’s previous work around similar ideas, such as his Loop Bench [5] – a labyrinth form that combines sculpture and social space.

+ Jeppe Hein [1]

Images courtesy of Flickr User Artshooter [6]


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[1] Jeppe Hein: http://www.jeppehein.net/

[2] a series of modified benches: http://www.jeppehein.net/pages/project_id.php?path=works&id=102

[3] urban spaces: http://inhabitat.com/tag/urban-space/

[4] De Haan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Haan,_Belgium

[5] Loop Bench: http://www.jeppehein.net/pages/project_id.php?path=works&id=117

[6] Artshooter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39041992@N05/

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