Apr 15, 2004

World bench

written by greyworld

Worldbench was an ambitious art installation that used park benches to unite locations around the world from Berlin to Newcastle, London to Cape Town.

Each installation was situated in a school and consists of a bench placed next to a wall onto which is projected the mirror image of the bench. However, whilst one side of the bench may be in the grey playground of a primary school in Newcastle the other is in the sun-baked playground of a school in Cape Town. The people sitting on the bench can have an idle conversation, discussing their lunch or perhaps indulging in a little light flirtation, which they would have were they sitting on the same bench and not separated by thousands of miles.

Several benches were installed in five schools across the UK, one soon to be created in a dynamic primary school in Cape Town and another in a secondary school in Berlin.