Benches beyond the boundaries of designated parks (or in front of coffee shops) are a rarity in New York City, but the Department of Transportation is planning to change all that by installing 1,000 of its just-unveiled CityBenches (pictured). The design, unveiled yesterday by DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in East Harlem, is by New York-based Argentinian designer Ignacio Ciocchini and features a very specific pattern on its back and seat. It kinda looks like…
The shredding holes on a cheese grater: probably not the image you want to have in mind when sitting down on one of them.
The pattern on a waffle iron: improbably, this evokes even greater discomfort and unpleasantness than the cheese grater analogy.
Stencils: did the city just inadvertently provide inspiration for would-be street artists?
The thick black stripes on redacted documents: how ominous! Just wait until the 9/11 Truthers notice this resemblance.
The lighting in sci-fi movie corridors: also ominous, or maybe just cool.
What does the abstract pattern of irregular lines on the new CityBenches evoke for you?
(Oh, also, you can suggest a location for one of the 1,000 new benches by calling 311.)