Jeppe Hein: Modified Social Benches

Danish artist Jeppe Hein has installed a series of modified benches which invite the seaside residents of the town of De Haan in Belgium to enter into an interaction which questions the nature of social behaviour in urban spaces. The bench designs borrow their basic form from normal park benches, but are altered in various degrees to make the act of sitting on them a conscious physical endeavour. With their modification, the spaces they inhabit become active rather than places of rest and solitude; they foster exchange between the users and the passers-by, thus lending the work a social quality.

 Find out more about project here.

via [designboom]