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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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.

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