In Times Square from August 16 to October 12, 2011. New York (USA)
The Meeting Bowls are social places for gathering, getting to know people and
fostering dialogue in small groups.
Many stories have appeared in the media regarding
the Meeting Bowls, including a humorous commentary by David
Letterman on the Late Show. Encounters
include: Three German tourists returned every day during their stay to the Meeting
Bowls to flirt, and a pastor from Texas on a trip to New York was inspired by
the potential of the Meeting Bowls for use as confessionals.
"Make new friends
in Times Square Meeting Bowls" The Wall Street
Journal. "Times Square will bowl you over" New York Post. "Meeting
Bowls bring people together in Times Square" CBS. "New Yorkers
now have an exciting way to meet new people while resting their feet in Times
Square" The Epoch Times. "Tourist cages installed in Times Square.
A new public art installation by the Spanish collective mmmm…" Animal
Meeting Bowls are large objects shaped like bowls with seating to accommodate
eight people. The inviting semi-spherical capsules are installed outdoors in
spaces with high pedestrian traffic. They are designed to promote interaction
by having those seated inside face one another. These "social" benches
are more intimate than typical public benches.
The Meeting Bowls are designed
to generate a slight rocking motion as they rebalance when people step into and
out of them. The gentle motion generated is intended to be relaxing and fun much
like a swing but one for adults. Temporary and playful urban furniture, they
encourage friendly dialogue between strangers in a close yet pleasant space.
A Public Art Project supported by the Times Square Alliance, University of Alcalá,
Consulate General of Spain in New York, Spain Culture New York and Spanish
Ministry of Culture. During the time that the Meeting Bowls were in Times Square
the Alliance estimates that approximately 20,000,000 pedestrians saw them and
tens of thousands took photographs.