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Michael Beitz's Picnic Table Tweaks a Traditional Design

By: Meghan Young - Published: Aug 19, 2011 • References: michaelbeitz and plusmood
Michael Beitz's Picnic Table shows that art installation can be as practical as they are surreal. It is exactly what it is named, yet with a quirky draping detail that takes the ordinary picnic table and brings it to a whole new whimsical level.

Basically, the New York-based artist elongated the traditional picnic table so that one of its ends hangs over a metal rail in a rather cartoonish manner. Located at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, this tweaked piece of outdoor furniture inspires passersby to sit down and enjoy their surroundings, a simple pleasure that can often be lost in the daily grind that is our lives. Simple yet creative, Michael Beitz's Picnic Table is quite original.