Design by Claus Bjerre, Ditte Hammerstrøm and Jeremy Walton. 2003.
The organisers of Glentavej Plads felt the ‘Bench is yours’ concept fitted their park project and commissioned the starting block to be placed in the park. The local residents built the bench further.
Built at Glentavejplads, Nørrebro, Copenhagen
Glentavejplads project. Bench III, 2003
The visual artists Marie Markman, Jesper Dyrehauge and Nis Rømer initiated the Glentavejplads project because of their interest in the design and functionality of public spaces. They have taken waste land and given it to the local people along with encouragement to take initiative.
About the project: In 2002 they stopped a 10 year rental contract of a private car dealer on the plot. Later had the old cars and junk removed in collaboration with people from the neighborhood, House for the Homeless and “Kvarterløft NV”. Exchange of ideas and debate with local residents then went on to implement the communal green space with the help of people from the area.
The Bench is yours, build further.
Bench three is a particularly charming bench, it is solid and direct in its approach to trying to be a bench. With less creative designers, but a variety of locals passing by and getting involved, has meant that it is not challenging the concept of a bench, but just trying to be one.