You can BYOB (Build Your Own Bench) with the whole family!
Aspiring designers of all ages are invited to learn more about Street Seats and imagine your own public bench. Join Design Museum Portland for a kid-friendly tour of the Street Seats exhibition, where we’ll explore the design process, sustainable materials, and the urban environment. Then you’ll have the chance to make your own bench model, out of sustainably sourced materials! Don’t miss this chance to be a part of this fantastic public art exhibition!
Please bring items for creative reuse in our sustainable mini-models! You can find more information about the types of objects typically used in creative reuse projects here.
A maximum ratio of one adult per three children is required. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks will be provided.
About Street Seats
Street Seats is an international design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza in Downtown Portland, Oregon. Entrants participated by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Design teams recorded and submitted their process along with their final designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.
Street Seats provides an opportunity to improve the visibility and livability of an urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Individuals and groups from around the world design an iconic bench, or ‘street seat,’ for the World Trade Center Portland plaza. The area is a lively destination for residents and visitors alike, with access to Portland’s major financial, government, and business institutions, as well as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and a burgeoning tourism district.
We are proud to partner with the artGuideBook app for a self-guided family friendly tour. Simply download the app (through Apple or Google Play) and search Street Seats to see an interactive map of all the benches!