Street Furniture by Oliver Show

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Wanting to draw attention to the commercialization of public space, Oliver Show made seating a little more comfortable and accessible to his fellow citizens in Hamburg, Germany. He wrapped yellow drainage pipes around bike stands and bus stops so that they could become “Street Furniture.” These installations first began after he and his friends wrapped them around a central pillar and a smoking area then secured them with cable ties before they fell apart in ten minutes. The practice was banned from a looming security guard nearby but didn’t stop Show from his mission to bring more seating in an urban space. He and his friends have ten different projects where people can sit, lean or lie on his street furniture. The project won a design award for the HFBK Leinemann Foundation for Education and the Arts.

“The interventionist and experimental approach to me is more important than the quest for a ‘perfect’ product.”

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