This is a series of proposals for New York City sidewalk interventions inspired by our observations in the city. The interventions, in the form of street furniture and fixtures, resonate with people's obscure yearnings and facilitate odd actions and temporary relations amongst strangers. The presence of these objects in the particular context invites (inter)action and shifts the perception and experience of the various places. They pick up on current habits, give a new spin and encourage encounters. The objects are: Shrink Bench, Hugging Tree, Exercise Stop, Escape Loft, Gum Sculpture and Sidewalk Exchange.
We love wandering through New York City, sometimes without any particular destination or reason. Streets are usually filled with people busy going about their routine or immersed in their own world. The city consists of psyches as much as materials. From an observer's point of view, it appears to be a kind of continuous theater with everyone being a performer. Every artifact that is inserted into public space will provoke an interaction, either between the artifact and people or amongst people mediated by the artifact. The interactions and artifacts shape the impression of the city and become part of the urban experience.