You will probably know this situation: you are in town, running some errands and are looking around for a spot to have a quick rest. Or you‘d enjoy having your lunch break out in the sun - but there‘s no bench, every possible seat is occupied - there‘s nowhere to sit down. Damn! Or what about those parents that would die for taking a break, having a chat, while their kids are occupied playing.
The public space is regulated - and regulates by itself. Public, noncommercial seats and places intended for having a rest are rare. Those in the city are permanently installed, and automatically regulate where to take a rest, where to look at while resting and basically how to use the offered seat. This was the initial impulse for one of our art projects: straightforward, democratic, everybody can join in. Our contribution to „Playing the City 2“ is simply put: TAKE A SEAT.
From September 16th to 23rd 2010, one thousand limited edition stools, screen printed in bright orange, are installed daily at a dozen varying places in Frankfurt: In the city centre, next to the river Main and in parks. They invite everyone to become part of our art project: By taking a seat, by occupying public space, by taking the stool back home - or simply by letting it stay put for others to use it. Our urban intervention motivates to pause for a moment, is a welcome invitation to take a break, have a good time, to change the perspective - or simply, just to play around!