Postal Chairs – how to humanize a privately owned public space

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by: Sebastian Campion

In a conceptual protest against the privately owned public spaces in New York City, members of the Graffiti Research Lab came up with a way of making these non-spaces a bit more user-friendly.

Inspired by the FedexFurniture project, the GRL team created a bunch of chairs, made of free-of-charge US postal mail boxes and brought them to one of the locations in question.

Thanks to the DIY chairs, the space was momentarily turned into real place where people could actually sit and relax.

The Graffiti Research Lab is dedicated to outfitting people with open source tools for urban communication. Their goal is to empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from commercial and corporate culture. One of their most celebrated tools is the LED Throwie – a small, battery-powered light, attached to a magnet, which can be used to make 'light-graffiti' on metal surfaces.

Postal Chairs

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