‘street lamp’ by ivan navarro and courtney smithimage © designboom

 

 

chilean artist ivan navarro – recognized for his innovative use of light – teamed with french sculptor courtney smith to re-envision the humble park bench for art public during art basel miami 2012. the duo infiltrate the urban landscape through the means of two contrasting materials – the density of cast iron and the fragility of neon tubes, to create an object that contradicts the function of both. this results in an artistic composition that conflicts with the role of its traditional audience – the public, usurping the role of urban furniture.art public is a specialized platform to present outdoor sculptures, interventions and performances within an open and public exhibition format.

 

 

illuminated benches by ivan navarro and courtney smith the duo infiltrate the urban landscape through the means of two contrasting materialsimage © designboom

 

 

illuminated benches by ivan navarro and courtney smiththe artwork is a composition that conflicts with the role of its traditional audience – the public, usurping the role of urban furnitureimage © designboom

 

 

illuminated benches by ivan navarro and courtney smithimage © designboom

 

 

illuminated benches by ivan navarro and courtney smithimage © designboom