Sima Bench

Submitted by Mark Sabatino

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Project

Collaboration by artists Yulia Pinkusevich & Sam Cuttriss

Stanford University United States

2015-09-15

Artwork budget: 65000

Project Team

Artist

Yulia Pinkusevich

Industry Resource

Mark Sabatino

Gizmo Art Production Inc.

Artist

Sam Cuttriss

Overview

In September 2015, Gizmo completed fabrication and installation of Yulia Pinkusevich’s artwork “SIMA” for the new McMurtry Building for Art & Art History at Stanford University. The bench was hand-carved (using chainsaws and various shapers) from 2nd forest growth redwood beams, and treated with a Tung oil based preservative.

Goals

This design is geared towards a flexibility of seating experiences. People can enjoy a multitude of safe and engaging user encounters: social and solitary, common and adventurous, formal and relaxed. Users can sit upon the lower benches or step up to the top of the form and lounge in the contemplation chair. Here one can relax while engaging in intimate conversation or simply enjoy a moment of silence while watching the sky change.

Process

The piece was hand shaped to the artist’s preferred shape then installed piece by piece by Gizmo. Gizmo worked closely with the artist to bring her bench to life.