Museum Benches (Do you want us here or not?)

Shannon Finnegan

2020. Baltic birch, poplar wood, plastic laminate.

Commissioned for Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet at Carleton University Art Gallery. Fabrication by Walter Zanetti, Anthony Dewar, Paul  Durocher, School of Industrial Design, and Brant Lucuik, Azrieli School  of Architecture, of Carleton University.

Finnegan’s Benches are painted blue and feature text such as “this exhibition has asked me to stand for too long. Sit if you agree.” Arranging these benches into a seating area, a space is created so visitors may sit, encouraging respite as part of gallery going.

Photo by Justin Wonnacott.


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