Design Museum Portland, in partnership with Portland General ElectricCompany and World Trade Center Portland, is thrilled to open Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities, a 6-month outdoor design exhibition of sustainable, innovative urban furniture.
Street Seats is the consummation of an open design competition by Design Museum Portland to reimagine the public bench. Fifteen designs from Portland, California, New York, Massachusetts, Iowa, Italy, Gibraltar, the U.K., Finland, and Hong Kong were selected to make up this public exhibition on urban innovation, sustainability, and the built environment. Each bench was imagined, designed, and built by the designers themselves to uniquely embrace and enhance the vibrancy of downtown Portland.
The exhibition launches with a free public opening on Saturday, August 4th at the World Trade Center plaza and Salmon Street Springs on the waterfront. Of the fifteen benches, three cash prize winners will be announced after a final round of judging by a high-caliber jury. The event features walking tours of the exhibition benches, exclusive opportunities to meet the designers, and treats from local vendors.
Supported by Portland General Electric Company, World Trade Center Portland, Skanska, Gerding Edlen, Zidell Yards, Klarquist Sparkman, Jupiter Hotel, Acme, RACC, and Lease Crutcher Lewis.