The Impact of a Curved Park Bench

Sally Augustin stumbled upon a curved park bench at the heart of a public space, and found herself drawn into the brilliance of its curves.
May 24, 2011, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The beauty, says Augustin, is that the bench is perfectly suited to be used in a plethora of ways by introverts and extroverts alike:

"I've seen people arrange themselves along its length when they want to make eye contact with others OR NOT, knowing, instinctively that connections can happen when we catch each other's eyes. These eye-links can read minds. For introverts, though, continuous contact can be unpleasant; and even the most extroverted of us needs a little alone time once in a while."

The bench lives in a pocket park next to the Chicago Temple.

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Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 in Metropolis Magazine
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