A Solar-Powered Bench That Spins Ever So Slowly
Past Event

A Solar-Powered Bench that Spins Ever So Slowly

Presented by ENESS


Thu 18 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 21 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Mon 22 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 23 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 24 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 26 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 27 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 28 May 10:00am - 5:00pm


Free, no booking required


National Gallery Victoria, Gardens
180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank Victoria, Australia


Seating available

A Solar-Powered Bench That Spins Ever So Slowly revolves using sunlight giving users a new perspective on their urban context through slow rotation. This whimsical motion offers visitors a playful opportunity to change their perspective on public space through the gradual rotation.

The work interacts with the sun, spinning faster on brighter days and slower under cloud cover. Sweet moments are experienced by smaller people as feet hang off the ground in a childlike way, while taller users need to playfully ‘re-plant’ their feet every couple of metres as the bench slowly spins.

Shaped like a 60s flower graphic, the aerial view is reminiscent of a plot of flowers oscillating and spinning in the sunshine. In addition, 60s furniture aesthetics are referenced, (a time when new synthetics were revolutionising manufacturing techniques). This retro look and feel are combined with contemporary sustainability values – harvesting sunlight through embedded solar panels.



Nimrod Weis, Artist and Founder

ENESS is a multi-award-winning art and technology studio, led by Artist and Founder Nimrod Weis. The studio has designed groundbreaking experiences for cultural institutions across the world for the last 20 years.

ENESS creates interactive artworks that forge greater community connections in the public realm through joy and happiness. In this way, the studio collective considers themselves to be happiness architects. At the heart of all ENESS work is joyful, cross-generational connection. ENESS strives to change public space by introducing unexpected and surprising work that forges deeper moments between friends, family, and community; even enabling strangers to meet and find common ground.

Founded in 1997, ENESS is a multidisciplinary team of creatives including artists, musicians, software engineers, and industrial designers. Forerunners of new media art, ENESS has frequently broken new ground by reinterpreting existing mediums and fusing them with technology to create never-before-seen executions.

The studio has been commissioned to produce and install artworks worldwide for signature commercial buildings; urban and cultural precincts; festivals, galleries, and museums of modern art.

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