benedetto bufalino plays with the perception of a picnic table
all images courtesy of benedetto bufalino
french artist benedetto bufalino once again takes his trademark humorous, creative approach to urban spaces and objects. ‘la table de pique nique architecture’ is a massive picnic table, used as both a seating unit and a surface. its oversized proportions create an optical illusion, as the large-scale bench and tabletop play with a viewers understanding of its size. visitors who sit on the bench surface can barely see over the table’s height, while those seated on top tower above the surface of the park. set in a grassy environment, a natural habitat for a picnic table, the deception seems more disorienting, as viewers from afar cant be sure of its of scale until they inspect closer.
a man is nearly the same height as the picnic table
those seated on the bench can barely see over the height of the table
interacting with the massive picnic table
the table on the lawn