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Cool photo, but this reminds me that I think the bench is only one of the problems with the space around Cloudgate. The street furniture is horrible and inappropriate for this setting. Plus, I think any street furniture around that space needs some "containment" - a different paving pattern or material, low wall, greenery, or, at the very least, should be arranged in a tighter group. I also think black is the wrong color.I think the paving is a disaster. The concrete pavers are really drab and they show dirt because of their light color and uniformity. If there was less paving it might not be as bad, but I think the best thing would be a higher quality paver - granite maybe. I do think it is essential to have something with a strong grid because I think the grid of the concrete pavers is wonderful reflected and distorted by Cloudgate.
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