Birch plywood, Tung Oil,
Steel, Spray Paint
Images by Martin
Amidst ongoing efforts by various municipal governments to eliminate loitering
(aka existing in public without paying) and its associated visual representation of
homelessness, the act of sitting outside is perceived as indecorous on city streets. My
Sitpipes project presents a direct response and potential solution to the problem of
hostile architecture, by repurposing the visual language of standpipes and other such
infrastructure to enhance their functionality for the better.
Standpipes are the dual-headed copper pipes seen outside most large buildings
in North American buildings, serving as water access points for firefighters. These
stool-height hydrants are maintained by the individual buildings who are free to “guard” their property however they see fit so long as the chastity cage-like hostile architecture implemented passes fire department access and maintenance checks. Buildings will always need standpipes, so Sitpipes redesign these structures to
serve multiple functions. Through the inclusion of a pillow-like seat on top of standard
pipe heads, Sitpipes uses artistically inclusive design to invite audience interaction, and celebrates rest as an act of resistance.
Produced as part of my Masters of Fine Arts thesis at Parsons School of Design, The New School.