They graze on Mariahilferplatz - since September 2010 benches named Getier by designers Petrus Gartler and Thomas Perz offer new opportunities of regeneration.
The project "Getier" was nominated the first winning project of last year's call "Street furniture. Design in Public Space" because of its remarkable, simple and clear concept. The benches named after its animal-like features, blend well into the environement of Mariahilferplatz and allow a diversity of interpretation. The solid chain is both an anchor and a radius of motion and creates a playful variety of arrangements, which arouses interaction with the users.
Design in public space | Street furniture
Graz has recently been nominated UNESCO City of Design in the Creative Cities Network. This also involves a commitment to the subject of design in public space – and it is this public space that was the focus of interest in this appeal.
Ideas for designing street furniture for the public space around the Kunsthaus Graz were asked for in the call "Street furniture. Design in public space". The two winning projects were presented in Mai 2010 at the Styrian radio and TV-station ORF Steiermark:
GETIER by Thomas Perz and Petrus Gartler
DESIGN GRA-Z by Johanna Prechtl
Additionally mentioned for outstanding design by the selection committee were:
DUNE FAMILY by Rainer Mutsch
YOU MAY by walking chair
The renowned members of the selection committee were:
Katrin Bucher, CH (curator/Kunsthaus Graz)
Gregor Eichinger, A (architect/eichinger offices, Vienna/professorship for architecture and conceptual design, ETH Zurich)
Thomas Geisler, A (Neigungsgruppe Design, Vienna/visiting lecturer at the University for Applied Arts)
Klemens Klinar, A (Department of Planning and Building Inspection of the City of Graz)
Axel Kufus, head of the selection committee, D (Designer/professorship for design and development, Department of Product Design, UDK Berlin)
Sabine Prammer, A (graphic art and interior designer, project management, Creative Industries Styria)
Hans Schullin, A (designer, Director of Schullin & Sons, Graz/member of the City of Design-Board of Graz)