Bench Around the Lake

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Bench Around the Lake
Jeppe Hein Bench Around The Lake.jpg
Artist Jeppe Hein
Year 2010 (2010)
Type Powder-coated galvanized steel
Location Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°49′40.5″N 86°11′25.15″W / 39.827917°N 86.1903194°W / 39.827917; -86.1903194
Owner Indianapolis Museum of Art

Bench Around the Lake is a public artwork by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, located in the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.[1] The artwork consists of fifteen individually designed yellow interactive bench installations strategically placed throughout the park location. Some of the benches consist of multiple components or sections within one site.


The artwork consists of fifteen bright yellow benches of different shapes, sizes and designs made of powder coated galvanized steel. The benches are placed at specific sites, as decided by the artist, throughout the park which borders the bank of the White River. Hein describes the work as "one long bench that emerges from the ground and then twists, turns, and submerges again in several locations,".[1]

Historical Information[edit]

Bench Around the Lake is a re-interpretation of Hein's Modified Social Benches which manipulate the traditional concept of a park bench. With this artwork series Hein hopes to challenge the idea of a bench being a passive object used for sitting, as well as to promote visitors to interact with the artwork in different ways and to explore more secluded or less-used areas of the park.[1] This series of benches also coincided with Hein's May 2010 temporary installation of Distance inside the museum.[2]

Location History[edit]

Working with IMA staff and Indianapolis-based landscape architect Eric Fulford, Hein selected the locations for the benches which are placed throughout the 35-acre park. The benches appear along the beaches on the lake and river, a gully, by fallen trees, the park's Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion and other spots throughout the park's many pathways.[1] The artwork was fabricated in Germany and shipped to Indianapolis and installed at the IMA by their Design and Installation crew. The artwork was fully installed by the park's opening in May 2010.[3]


Main article: Jeppe Hein

On creating the artwork Hein states: "Once you start to experience them sequentially, you'll feel that connection between them," encouraging interaction with the artworks by visitors and the appearance of tunneling the benches have within the environment. "They are a tool for communication, and create a kind of social playroom," Hein states, referring to the functional aspects of each bench. He describes one bench as the "kissing bench" due to the sliding factor the bench has, bringing together those who sit upon it regardless of their desire to be close.[4]


Bench Around the Lake requires regular cleaning of its powder coated galvanized steel surface to discourage the buildup of potentially damaging materials.[5] Instrumental analysis involving the artwork's color and gloss levels has also been recorded.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. Indianapolis Museum of Art. 2011. 
  2. ^ Sarah Green (2010). "Exhibition of Interactive Work by Artist Jeppe Hein Announced in Indianapolis". Art Daily. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Sheets., Hilarie M. (June 29, 2010). "100 Acres to Roam, No Restrictions". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  4. ^ Hilarie Sheets (2010). "100 Acres to Roam, No Restrictions". Art & Design. The New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Conserving Outdoor Sculpture: The Stark Collection at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, Getty Conservation Institute. Getty Publications, Gregory M. Britton. 2010. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-60606-010-0. 
  6. ^ Peters, Nicole. "Art, Color, and Gloss". Retrieved 2011-08-28. 

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