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Artist Stephen Shaheen Creates a Bench Using 5,000 Recycled MetroCards

Posted By Jessica Dailey On March 30, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In Art NYC,Product Design | No Comments

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Shaheen’s impetus for creating the bench [8] was the call for submissions to “Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again [9],” an art show of MetroCard-based art [10]. Most artists submit works that use the cards as a miniature canvas for paintings, but Shaheen wanted to create a sculpture [11], in particular, a seating element. Soon after he came up with the bench idea, he realized that he would need several thousand MetroCards [11]. After a few failed attempts [12] at getting old cards from the MTA [13], Shaheen took to Craigslist. Within a week, he had amassed all the cards he needed.

Much like mass transit itself, the bench represents thousands of different journeys converging into a single moment. And while the MetroCard is a source of movement for people, Shaheen’s creation is a place of rest. Metrobench has a base made out of steel, but Shaheen designed it in such a way that it appears to be created solely from MetroCards. The tight layering of the cards creates a brilliant striped pattern, and, as Shaheen notes [14], the different shades of yellow resemble wood grain.

When creating the sculpture, Shaheen described his process on his blog. “It is essential, in my opinion, to create a design that integrates the colors, and in fact each unit, in a way that makes the whole something more than an appliqué of Metrocards on steel,” Shaheen wrote. “The new pattern has to have its own identity and has to contribute to a sense of new content in the assemblage.”

Mission accomplished.

+ Stephen Shaheen [15]

Via Yanko Design [16]

Images © Stephen Shaheen


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[7] Sloan Fine Art Gallery: http://www.sloanfineart.com/

[8] impetus for creating the bench: http://stephenshaheen.com/blog/metrobsession

[9] Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again: http://singlefare.blogspot.com/

[10] MetroCard-based art: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/artists-upcycle-1300-metrocards-into-mini-works-of-art/

[11] create a sculpture: http://stephenshaheen.com/blog/my-yellow-black-blue-valentine

[12] failed attempts: http://stephenshaheen.com/blog/enter-metropolitan-transit-authority

[13] from the MTA: http://stephenshaheen.com/blog/golden-goose-chase

[14] Shaheen notes: http://stephenshaheen.com/blog/metro-4

[15] + Stephen Shaheen: http://stephenshaheen.com/

[16] Yanko Design: http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/03/30/a-bench-with-5000-stories/

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