Hamburg Artist Designs Public Street Furniture

Oliver Show's sculptures act as public seating for Hamburg residentsOliver Show, a young German artist, took on what he saw as “the commercialization of public space” with a daring, inventive project in the German city of Hamburg, according to Architizer.   Using flexible, yellow drainage pipes, Show turned bike racks, safety rails and more into cushy seats.  His ingenious guerilla art project has won the former architecture student a design award from the HFBK Leinemann Foundation for Education and the Arts.

The artist, Oliver Show, says that “the interventionist and experimental approach to me is more important than the quest for ‘a perfect product.”  His work is underscored primarily by its use as an empowerment tool.  Using cheap, durable material, Show’s work aims to “reclaim public space for the public.”

Photo via Der Spiegel

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