A wooden-steel bench without a back that serves as a seat for both passers-by and and two stainless steel figures incorporated into it. The two postures are nearly two-dimensional, each of them holding a book in hand and sit with their backs turned to each other at opposite ends of the bench. They work like a screen for passers-by who use the bench.
The sculpture was commissioned and financed entirely by the Marketing und Tourismus Guben e.V. The project was carried out in Gubener Kunstgilde under the direction of Manfred Ewersbach. The company MAS GmbH Guben was responsible for the execution. Detailed information on the sculpture can be obtained from Olaf Pehle, Technical Manager of MAS GmbH Guben.
“As a company from Guben, we engage instinctively in designing the city's spatial elements that would diversify its panorama. In addition to the permanent rearrangement of our company headquarters in the very center of Guben, we also support Marketing und Tourismus Guben e.V. in its efforts to create an attractive and culturally interesting city center. The Thinkers' Bench is an everyday object that the people of Guben like to use".
The text above is based on the material provided by the company MAS GmbH.
The sculpture is an example of a public space - here a bench. The whole is to encourage passers-by to a moment of reflection and deliberation, as well as to draw attention to the importance of literature, which is losing its strength. The location of the bench also gives the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the Guben downtown, with its entire history in the background.
Berliner Str. 1 / Gubener Dreieck, 03172 Guben, Germany
Date of purchase: 2004
Material: stainless steel and wood