Take a seat

  • AuthorNeil
  • Date 14 May 2012
  • CategoryArt

Along the seaside in De Haan Wenduine, Belgium, some interesting new benches have appeared courtesy of the artist Jeppe Hein.

Hein has altered the average public bench by changing where you sit. “Viewers will be faced with an unexpected response from an expected object.”

Hein hopes that regular passes by will interact with the modified seating and ‘make them think’.

Jeppe Hein is a Danish artist based in Berlin. Hein is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect.

Notable in their formal simplicity and frequent use of humor, his sculptures and installations engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalism and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Hein’s works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the centre of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space. See more of his work here.

I’m not sure that they would make me ponder the meaning of life, but I do like them and I love interactive art and public installations that you can play with, jump on and get involved with. Perhaps the unique seating will make its way to Dubai and find pride of place along JBR or in the Dubai creek park. Keep an eye out.

The benches are on display in Belgium until the end of September 2012.