Sima Bench - CODAworx

Client: Collaboration by artists Yulia Pinkusevich & Sam Cuttriss

Location: Stanford University, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $65,000

Project Team


Yulia Pinkusevich

Yulia Pinkusevich Studio

Industry Resource

Mark Sabatino

Gizmo Art Production Inc.


Sam Cuttriss


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.


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.


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.