Interactive public art installations have a way of providing different perspectives into our surroundings, both natural and urban. A case in point is the latest the “Solar-Powered Bench That Spins Ever So Slowly,” a product by the Melbourne-based art and technology studio ENESS. The installation offers a sustainable outdoor seating solution as it embeds solar panels and uses recycled plastic as construction materials. The outdoor furniture art installation also nods to Mid-Century Modern furniture details, when new synthetic materials were making their way into the furniture industry.
Shaped after the 60s flower graphic, this installation creates an aerial view mirroring a plot of flowers oscillating and spinning in the sunshine. Thriving upon contemporary sustainability values, the benches get a nostalgic look made from festered low-density polyethylene which is perfect for recycling.
Nimrod Weis, artist and founder at ENESS shares “The intention was to create a work that innovates within the area of [the] public realm by being functional, sustainable, and one that inspires a different way of interacting. By harvesting sunlight, the benches move under their own steam – without intervention. This intention makes a statement about the future of public infrastructure and what energy sources are being used for light, movement, and animation.”
Installed at the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the benches spin faster on bright sunny days as compared to dark cloudy days.
The artwork hosts subtle intercommunications at regular intervals offering an opportunity to engage and fathom the surroundings. The user is greeted with a dynamic perspective of their adjacent landscape in each slow fun rotation.
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