Eye of Ra' Street Art Furniture
Public Urban Art Furniture
The design is inspired from one of the most known symbols of all time the Eye of Ra also known as the eye of Horus. The conceptual design gives a fluid and futuristic interpretation of the iconic symbol manifested in monumental public urban furniture. The urban furniture depicts the shape of the Eye in a graceful design. The icon that once invoked in religious ritual and symbolism as an agent of protection, royal power and good health was meticulously envisioned into our modern world as an alluring as well as functional landmark.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Eye of Ra public benches is an expression synthesis between history and modernity. The project design shows that creativity can make the two epochs fuse in an elegant manner. It is a modish accent to any space since it is not only a usable durable piece of street furniture but also an iconic resemblance of a historically known symbol .It is designed in a fluid futuristic style transforming it to a sculptured work of art.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The benches’ flowing formations are usable in dual directions. Users can comfortably utilizes it on both sides inwards and outwards. The fluid curves are designed to comfortably accommodate sitting and lying positions, are proportional and playful for children.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in August 2013 and ended January 2014 at our offices in Cairo.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Two materials are proposed to maximize choices and possibilities. The first is Corian, which is widely used outdoors as its state or color will not be affected by variant weather conditions. Also its durability and its rugged characteristics of stone make it ideal choice for this street furniture. The second is Resin Polyethylene which a tough and very resistant material. It has a strong wear and tear record. Resin Polyethylene will give the benches its feminine curves and uplift its appeal, accentuating the sleek smooth finish. The main reason for this choice will have to be its characteristics to emanate light. The light will take the furniture into a different dimension at night. That is why there is the option of having inbuilt light when opting for the resin polyethylene material.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Eye of Ra’ Benches is in a set of 3 pieces together forming the image of the famous Ancient Symbol. The Eye is a two way curved oval shaped bench 4.00 m long with spacing of 2.00 m in width and seating height of 0.50m. The middle small bench that represents the pupil is 1.50m long and 0.50m wide with a maximum seating height of 0.50m. The last bench represents the Tear Drop is 2.00m long with a maximum width of 1.50m and a seating height of 0.50m.
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The ambition of this design is to merge very ancient Egyptian history with the futuristic fluid methodology of design. It is a literal translation of Egyptian most iconic religious tool into a fluid form of street furniture that borrows the characteristics of the flowing style where no specific shapes or design is advocated. Consequently transforming the Eye of Horus into a piece of furniture necessitated some forms of structural flexibility. From a bird’s eye-view, one can see the Eye of Horus very distinctly in its well defined, orthodox form. The initiative of this design is to interpret the Eye of the Horus into a functional and flowing piece of street furniture. The outer line of the Eye has been translated into seating areas into smooth curves. The Eye represents both the male and female counterparts in the procreation of God Ra. The street furniture hence is presented in a sturdy design symbolizing masculinity and strength while its curvaceous looks portray femininity and gracefulness.
The imposing constraint and challenge in that piece was the strong iconic character of history 'see it all' eye and the worry to instate its distinctive look. This is usually the case when translating an iconic symbol into a functional piece. The idea was to keep the shape in its original form while turning it into a practical and artistic public furniture. The fluid forms as much as they seem flexible to manipulate usually have a character of their own that deviates regular restricted symbols. The ruthless ordeal was blending the source and the means into a coherent work. Further research involved the manufacturing of a steel mold to appraise the size, practicability and comfort of the piece.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Dalia Sadany and Dezines Team