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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
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.
Installed in the seaside Belgian town of De Haan , 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  – a labyrinth form that combines sculpture and social space.
+ Jeppe Hein 
Images courtesy of Flickr User Artshooter 
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URLs in this post:
 Jeppe Hein: http://www.jeppehein.net/
 a series of modified benches: http://www.jeppehein.net/pages/project_id.php?path=works&id=102
 urban spaces: http://inhabitat.com/tag/urban-space/
 De Haan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Haan,_Belgium
 Loop Bench: http://www.jeppehein.net/pages/project_id.php?path=works&id=117
 Artshooter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39041992@N05/
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