Modified Street Furniture
Artist Jeppe Hein modifies conventional park benches. As a result, sitting, along with all other activities that normally take place on park benches, is often made almost impossible. Because the altered park benches have kinked surfaces. Sometimes the seating area is missing. Some benches have such long legs that you would need a ladder to sit on them. However, others are usable or even more useful than conventional benches, for example, if they enable a conversation with eye contact. Still others invite comparisons to playground equipment. As a result, the modified forms of the ordinary park bench instigate discussions and conversations about the design of public space. Also, about for what and for whom public space is, or should be, designed.