I'm looking for a community that would be interested in partnering with me to create a series of benches for them.
My process is to facilitate community workshops that heighten a 'sense of place'. The materials from these workshops then inform the design of functional public art works to then be placed in their community.
I'm especially interested in working with a community to create a series of benches that are also lending libraries. There are several examples from NYC here: archleague.org/2013/05/little-...
I'm working on funding for this project vs. asking the community to support it financially. Although the project needs involvement from the community in order to make it happen.
If you know of any communities that are interested in partnering with me, please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How cool would THIS be? This is Civic Center!
NYC can have benches-- why not SF?
"...park furniture has the power to stop people in their tracks and have them take a seat. Abigail Hansen, a 24-year-old graduate student who lives on the Upper West Side, set out recently to walk along the Hudson River all the way to Chelsea. But she was sidetracked when she happened upon a group of curvaceous chaise longues made from molded fiberglass in Riverside Park South at West 62nd Street near the river. “When I saw these I decided to stop,” said Ms. Hansen, who was flipping through an Italian fashion magazine. “The surface is nice and smooth and the material doesn’t get too hot.”
That most prosaic of public furnishings, the New York City park bench has morphed into a blank canvas on which designers, landscape architects and artists have unleashed their fantasies.
One way to do it.
A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.
Interesting piece from last year in the Times:
"All around the city, San Franciscans can be found seated on steps, curbs, retaining walls and on the grass — but not on benches. In a tacit surrender to the overwhelming problem of homelessness, the city has simply removed public seating over the last two decades. Benches in Civic Center Plaza were removed in the 1990s. Those in nearby United Nations Plaza were ripped out in the middle of the night in 2001, to discourage the homeless from congregating and camping there."
I mean, I have no idea how we'd achieve this, but i'm a fan. The Fayes bench is my crack.
Me too, for chair bombing!
I recently read about this kickstarter for construction sites in NY on Wired, SF itself has plenty of construction going on: Softwalks Pilot Project
Softwalks transforms sidewalk sheds into functional public places for everyone to enjoy. This campaign will fund our pilot project.
beautiful spaces where life is nurtured, encouraged; plants that nourish - that smell and taste good for people and provide food & shelter for birds, bees & butterflies - oh and did i mention water fountains and bathrooms? : )