Artist: Fabian Brunsing
Project: Pay & Sit – the Private Bench | Installation, 2008
Photo and video by Fabian Brunsing
insert 0,50 € to sit!
PAY & SIT: the private bench (HD) from Fabian Brunsing on Vimeo.
nice bench, but I would not use it as my living room furniture! too uncomfortable.
The bench is a service for public use, offering a moment to stop the normal rhythm of the city, and its use is universal for all whatever their condition or social status.
Discriminating something as simple and basic, which improves the space of a city is a just an aphorism. How to put foot to a car, thinking something equally stupid.
Oh this is brilliant! The MKII model should have an LED readout that indicates time remaining. The MKIII version adds a solar powered credit card swipe option like the street parking meters in Toronto. The mind boggles.
What a truly deplorable human being that created this! So now when we are poor we are not even allowed to sit down? Screw the inventor, the city that installed it and the greed mentality that spawned it! Inhuman beyond belief!
Diabolical and stupid! – And WHY – whatever happened to ‘public’ – don’t we already pay for all our open spaces and thorough-fares through our Council Taxes? ..People can bust that little cash-cow box wide open or either sit on the grass, take their own walking-stick seats, or just not go out!
This is not solving or dealing with the problem of homeless people at all, truly disgusting. Why not spend money on helping them instead of moving them to another part of town? I didn’t think the hole could be dug any deeper with ‘homeless metal spikes’ but there you go, it has been, what a shame.
It’s not such a bad idea if you think about it. When you design sports-oriented spaces, this is truly a motivation for you to not sit down at all. Surely, you might want to install an alarm before triggering the spikes to avoid an unpleasant surprise even if you want to sit for a while.. As for homeless people and this type of benches, are you guys familiar of the term “cardboard”? It applies +90% of the ‘don’t really care’ factor.
This is an art piece, not a real technology.
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