Thanks to the recession, a bunch of underemployed designers set up cameras and watched how people move through the park. They discovered that the orange chairs lined up on the Z path control visitors like no other single element.

So they took their surveillance footage, created a video they presented to park owners Seattle Art Museum (in which a violin becomes highly bothered as the data piles up on the screen), and are proposing a new seating system, which gives control back to the sitters. My column this week advocates for it.

The idea would look like this, minus the dream-state fuzziness:


The museum is considering it. One more image and the bothered-violin video on the jump.


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