Steve Shaheen has recently completed an original seating unit entitled Metrobench and created using 5000 Metrocards. Here is the concept behind the design as explained by Steve: “Metrobench is a conceptually-driven sculptural seating element using recycled materials (New York City Metrocards). I was inspired to use these discarded objects–at once very personal and expendable–in a way that reflects the manner in which mass transit joins many diverse lives into a single moment or path together. The Metrocard represents movement for people; Metrobench is a point of rest for people. Millions of New Yorkers, with their separate lives, are brought together on the transit system every day. In this sculptural seat, each card, with its distinct and intimate history is stitched together into a fluid tapestry. Metrobench was assembled completely by hand, card by card. Using Craigslist, I harnessed the people of New York to help me gather 5,000 Metrocards in under a week. There is something very personal about handling so many small belongings that were once riding around in peoples’ pockets. There are untold personal stories in that inconspicuous, flimsy plastic.” Did you ever think Metrocards could be this practical?
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