Friday, 04 January 2019 09:31

Blurring the boundary between nature and installation

    Root Bench is the reinterpretation of a winning proposal in Hangang Art Competition.

    This circle-shaped public furniture piece has a diameter of 30m and is installed in the grass – which gives the impression of roots spreading throughout the park. It provides visual stimulus creating strong contrast to the background of a spacious outdoor park.

    The art piece, designed by computer algorithms, presents dynamicity from three-dimensional geometry. The metal frame with concrete footing supports the overall form as the main structure with wooden decking covering it – ideal to use and maintain as a comfortable seating area.

    Root Bench is fused into the grass and blurs the boundary between artificial installation and natural environment. While communicating with each other, visitors can enjoy the art piece at the same time. The piece has two different seating heights: the children’s chair (250mm), the adult’s chair (450mm) and a table (75mm).

    To articulate the spreading out of the roots, a reaction-diffusion system was applied during the design process. This mathematical model describes the change in space and time of the concentration of one or more chemical substance.

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