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In Seoul, an architect made a bench that looks like a root system

A public bench that’s also public art.

South Korean architect Yong Ju Lee has installed a series of benches that you’d easily mistake for tree roots.

Called the Root Bench, the design features a circular piece of furniture nearly 100-feet in diameter with ‘branches’ that extend in every direction.

A winning proposal at the Hangang Art Competition, the installation was built from slats of wood attached to a sprawling metal frame.

It comes with three types of furniture, set at various heights: a child’s chair, an adult’s chair, and a table for community-wide gatherings and celebrations.

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

Root Bench seeks to not only give park-goers a place to unwind, but also to provide them with a way to connect with nature.

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

Root Bench by Yong Ju Lee

You can learn more about Yong Jun Lee and his work here.

Via Colossal

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