Beaufort # 2
We continue with our Beaufort04 series with these playfull benches of Danish artist Jeppe Hein. This time we're on the dyke of coastal village De Haan where you can find his 'Modified Social Benches L-U'. Making a bridge between street furniture/design and art, Jeppe's work speaks to all of us, even if we haven't asked it to.
Heins excels in settin up apparently accidental happinging, that play with the laws of couse and effect and evoke an unexpected inventive behaviour from the viewer. His interventions, both sculptural as well as architectureal (may we even say design), set up a dialogue between the work itself, the visitor and the surroundings.
As is the case with much of Hein's work, the Modified Social Benches on the dyke seem to hide behind a disguise of fun and entertainment. But what they actually evoke is a process of interaction and communication that works on different levels. Let's hope one thing: that De Haan purchases these benches when Beaufort04 comes to an end!
Pictures copyright Jimmy Kets