When Kunsthal Aarhus celebrated its centenary in 2017, the park surrounding the old art building was officially inaugurated as a sculpture park. As part of the celebrations, the brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec designed a series of outdoor seating installations collectively titled OUI (2017).
Each of the four installations consists of a circular shape made of galvanised steel. Three of these circles surround large trees in the park, while the fourth makes up a fire pit by the main entrance. OUI acts as seating, backrest – and as a balance beam. Or you can lean up against the tree in the middle of each circle to regard them from the inside out. With OUI, the trees take on a definite function as places to meet and rest.
With the four installations, the Bouroullec brothers explore how art, design and function can merge in public spaces. Instead of using natural materials, they let the steel remind us that we occupy a modern urban setting.
The inspiration for the installations at Kunsthal Aarhus sprang from the Bouroullecs’ exhibition Rêveries Urbaines in Rennes, France, in 2016, where the artists presented a number of different designs for urban use.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (b. 1971/1976, FR) are graduates from, respectively, the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs and the École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy in France. They are internationally acclaimed for their collaboration with Danish design companies HAY and Kvadrat.
OUI is produced in collaboration with Kvadrat and supported by the Nordea Foundation, the City of Aarhus, Kvadrat and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017.
Material: Galvanised steel