These Park Benches by Jeppe Hein Encourage Interactions

By: Andrew Robertson - Published: • References: jeppehein.net & beautifuldecay
These progressive park bench designs by Jeppe Hein take public seating to a whole new level. This collection of sculpture/seating hybrids is part of the artist's 'Modified Social Benches' series, a set of park benches that have been remodeled and reintegrated into urban areas to foster communication and interaction.

In remodeling public seating, Jeppe Hein is simultaneously infusing the environment with contemporary architecture while impacting the social and behavioral space surrounding that area. Many of these designs encourage individuals -- be them strangers or friends -- to engage with one another rather than pretend as if the other person doesn't exist.

A personal favorite of mine is the park bench that has removed the middle seat, beautifully articulating the general lack of acknowledgment that people give to those sitting right next to them. Stats for Peculiar Public Seating (UPDATE) Trending: Older & Buzzing
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