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modified social benches l u by jeppe hein at beaufort04
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apr 29, 2012
modified social benches l u by jeppe hein at beaufort04


‘modified social benches l-u’ by jeppe hein, 2012
all images courtesy the artist and beaufort04

jeppe hein: modified social benches l-u
beaufort04, de haan wenduine
, belgium
on now until september 30th, 2012

jeppe
hein has installed a selection of his ‘modified social benches l-u’ by
the seaside in de haan wenduine, belgium. the danish artist has created
a
playful interpretation of an entirely average seating implement. the
ordinary outdoor, public benches have had their seats redefined by
hein,
as the space in which one would typically rest has been altered to a state upon which
the viewer may not normally recline. the artist developed
these
works to evoke from the viewer an unexpected response from
communication with an expected object. each of the pieces have been
situated
on the the dyke of
de haan, their natural placement by the seaside follows the pedestrian
path, bringing to the space an interactive element to which
the site’s regular passersby did not expect to see.

‘modified social benches l-u’ is on show in de haan wenduine, belgium as part of the 2012 edition of beaufort04: fourth triennial of contemporary art by the sea.


the
planks of this modified bench seat rise separately of one another,
creating a lower rectangular space in the center and two raised pedestal
formations on either side


an upside down ‘V’ shaped bench evokes a child-like fascination with an altered every-day object



the center of the bench’s seat has been removed


left: the center plank from a modified bench seat curls tightly into itself
right:
two benches, facing towards the water, divide the attention of the sea
side visitor between the crashing waves and augmented seating


by the christianaplein, two visitors rest upon a modified bench


the upside down ‘V’ shaped bench is utilized by a seaside passerby


the ‘W’ shaped bench cradles two seaside visitors


each seat of the bench units have been altered in a unique manner


installation view of the modified social benches tracing the edge of the pedestrian path

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