A work of art you can sit on? That’s right. Grønnåsen School in Tromsø has a new sculptural seating and activity area, intended to be used both by the school’s students and as a meeting place for local residents in the evenings and at weekends. At 30 metres, it is the largest art work in the municipality’s collection.
The seating is created from vertically arranged plywood sheets, with the seat side shaped into a gentle wave. It was first worked out parametrically using digital tools and then each vertical panel was CNC-milled to create the curved shape. The sculpture is a reflection of nature, offering both intimate and open spaces.
The main part of the installation faces the school’s basketball court and serves as an open stand, while the curved part of the other side forms a more secluded area with several niches
Located on a slope, the seating is designed to accommodate an existing tree on the site, and is said to have space for up to 70 people at once.