“Modified Social Benches”
by Jeppe Hein
Modified Social Bench Kistefos are a
series of unusual sculptural pieces of playful
furniture scattered around the park. The benches
were originally conceptualized as a humorous
critique of the controlling and marginalizing
designs of urban space.
The basic form of the benches emulates the traditional park or garden bench, but has been modified to various degrees, turning the act of sitting into a distinct physical endeavor. They challenge us to sit, climb and play on them without losing our balance. By altering the shape of the benches, Jeppe Hein has created playful furniture categorized somewhere between works of art and functional design objects.