The City of Palo Alto launched a creative seating pilot for three sites along University Avenue.
This project was spearheaded by Public Art Program Manager Elise DeMarzo, who wanted to replace rotted wood slat benches with something more interesting along the commercial section of University Avenue at the intersections of Brynat, Waverley and Emerson. In a press release she stated “The Public Art Program is thrilled to bring Selig’s whimsical and environmentally sensitive seating elements to downtown Palo Alto for a trial run. The public has voiced a desire for something unexpected and different, and we hope that the businesses and the public will enjoy Selig’s work.”
Representatives from the Public Art Program, the Department of Public Works and the Downtown Business and Professional Improvement Association visited the artist's studio to see samples of the artist's seating and confirm its comfort and durability. In collaboration with the artist a set of five seats were chosen for the three installation sites. The specific designs selected by the committee are contemporary riffs on classic seating from the victorian and mid century modern eras.
These benches are a synthesis of sculpture and sustainable design. They are the greenest site furnishings available on the market. Upcycled from regionally sourced scrap tanks, which are a sustainable building material due to strict regulations limiting their service life, they contain 99% post-consumer REUSED (not recycled) content.
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