Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art


I was recently visiting some friends in New York City and while strolling along the Brooklyn waterfront I quickly became obsessed with these bright red benches scattered around Brooklyn Bridge Park. Known as Modified Social Benches, by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, these witty sculptures reinvent the idea of the park bench. Simply by changing up it’s original shape and color, these benches turned into an imaginative and evocative work of art. Viewers are encouraged to “Please Touch the Art” and it was so fun to see people interacting with them… climbing on them, taking photos with them, laughing over them. In a city that can feel fairly isolating at times, it was a playful reminder to everyone about spontaneous expression and social connection.

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