New York City's Times Square Reconstruction is being led by Snøhetta, which has come up with an ingenious way of providing beautiful integrated outdoor power sources. These come out as eleven sleek supercharged granite benches that can provide power to anything from a large event or concert to a single guitarist.
The 30 to 50 foot long benches will contain steel-locked power sources of 400, 200 and 20 amps -- depending on what amount of power is needed. They are directly connected to the power grid and will require a permit in order to use.
In addition to providing outdoor power sources, the smooth Canadian-made benches can be used for sitting, leaning and importantly, for directing pedestrian traffic -- all in an effort to make Times Square a more attractive, alluring place for New Yorkers themselves.
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