Bench Around the Lake

A series of different benches create an imaginary line around the perimeter of the lake. As if running underground, the benches intermittently sink into the grass and gently ascend elsewhere. The bench designs borrow their basic form from the typical park bench— elevated upon legs, they provide a base to sit on and a back to lean against. However, unlike ordinary benches, they are altered to various degrees to make the act of sitting a conscious physical endeavor. The line of seating is elongated into multiple visually connected segments, rising and bending with high arches and sharp turns. Their curved and unconventional forms offer not only an opportunity to relax, but also promote conversation between visitors, lending the work an active and social quality.
Year: 2010
Materials: powder-coated aluminium
Dimensions variable

Permanent installation at 100 Acres, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA, 2010