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A bench for the night

A Bench for the Night, L 90in x W 14in x H35in, wood and metal, 2015

A Bench for the Night is both a sculpture and a functional bench that takes the shape of a sleeping person. The sculpture provides a temporary rest area and hopefully evokes a shift in the viewers’ perception of the homeless.
This second artwork with NYC Parks was located at the NYC Parks Greenstreet on Jackson Avenue and 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The wooden bench is shaped in the silhouette of a sleeping person, a reminder that a public bench is a potential bed for some New Yorkers. The dichotomous visual and emotional transformations that take place in an urban setting - how an object becomes a person, and how a person can become an invisible ignored object - are embodied by the bench, which offers a critical view of how those who live on the street can become dehumanized. To read press release, click here

A bench for the night

"A Bench for the Night", L 90in x W 14in x H35in, wood and metal, 2015

A bench for the night

"A Bench for the Night", L 90in x W 14in x H35in, wood and metal, 2015