Jolan van der Wiel, a Dutch designer, has created an environmentally connected public bench as part of his 'Tropic City' collection. The bench is able to gather and store rainwater that falls on it, automatically circulating that water through the transparent tubes that make up its seat.
Typically, rain is inimical to benches, as precipitation renders public furniture too wet to make use of. The Tropic City bench subverts that notion, turning rain from a nuisance into a visually stimulating aspect of its design. Not only does the rain add a pleasing visual element, but it also has the practical advantage of storing the water for later use in the event of a shortage or a drought.
As the collection's name suggests, the various pieces in the Tropic City collection are designed to address the particular needs of urban areas in tropical climates.