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The most endless bench in Chicago? We give you this bit of loveliness, running alongside Da Bean in Millennium Park.
What genius thought this up?Extended postscript: Actually, a pretty talented guy, as poster Duane has brought to my attention: artist Dan Peterman. It's called Running Table. It's actually 100 feet long, and, according to the City of Chicago website:
Made from the equivalent of two million recycled milk bottles, the table is simultaneously a product of consumption and an invitation to consume more as visitors sit down, relax and enjoy their own lunch at the table. Like a picnic bringing people together, the table reminds visitors of the communal social purpose made possible by individual actions.It's originally appeared in 1997 in a section of Grant Park that is now M.P. What inspiration it provided to the guy in my second photo (above) who's on his knees, appearing to be burying his head in his girlfriends lap, I won't even venture to guess.
Running Table looks a lot more at home on the lawn shown in the 1997 photo, when it was the only object in a lightly traveled area. Placed on the heavily trafficked Chase Promenade, blocking access to Cloud Gate except at its end points, it's a massive obstruction that restricts movement to no good purpose but to serve as a hammer-upside-your-head approach to making a point about waste and recycling. It's like the drunk passed out in the doorway that forces you to walk around him. I'd be very interested to find Running Table in another setting, and will be very happy to see it leave its current location next February.