'A Walk in the Park!'

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‘A walk in the park!’ was created in response to the introduction of ‘Defensive Architecture’. Mechanical benches are designed to prevent homeless people from lying down. The benches are on a timer and when evening arrives spikes come up through the bench seat to prevent people using them (this is a real invention). The triple seat bench in the scene was inspired by a 14th century design by an unknown cabinet maker. The horizontal figures on the central back rest act like a memorial to people who have died on the streets in the past. The 3 central characters wear their humanity on the outside, symbolised by their luxurious robes. Their bodies contort themselves over the raised spikes in order to accommodate their bodies and thrive regardless.

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