Out of investigating architecture, communication, and social behaviour in the urban space, a series of bench designs was born under the common title Modified Social Benches. The bench designs borrow their basic form from the ubiquitous park or garden bench, but are altered to various degrees to make the act of sitting a conscious physical endeavour. With their modifications, the benches transform their surroundings into places of activity rather than rest and solitude; they foster exchange between the users and the passers-by, thus lending the work a social quality. Due to their alterations, the benches end up somewhere between a dysfunctional object and a functional piece of furniture, and therefore demonstrate the contradiction between artwork and functional object.
Materials: Powder-coated galvanised steel
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, D, 2008
backyardoutdoorsculptureseries#5, Johann König Gallery, Berlin, D, 2010
Beaufort04, Den Haan, B, 2012
Robert-Jacobsen-Preisträger, Museum Würth, Bad Mergentheim, D, 2012
Slapstick!, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, D, 2013