Jeppe Hein’s unusual creations have come to the South Bank. They will be outside the Royal Festival Hall (both at the front and sides) along the Queens’ Walk as well as adjacent to Jubillee Gardens, from 9th July until 18 September 2016.
Most of the benches have a view looking to or across the River Thames whilst three are tucked away down the sides of the Royal Festival Hall.
The benches were originally exhibited in New York, and it appears around half of the objects from this collection was allocated to the South Bank.
Southbank Centre web page – Modified Social Benches
It is said the benches “question the spatial separations in social situations and challenge the amount of space that people feel necessary to set between themselves and others.”
Here are some pictures of the benches….
At front of Royal Festival Hall:
Info on Hein’s work can be seen on pavements & walls around the site.
At the west side of the Royal Festival Hall:
The next one is on the Hall’s east side, with information about Hein’s work in an adjacent window:
By Jubilee Gardens: