Permanent Interactive


Bernd Spiecker for LBO (Germany)

Location: Freeman’s Reach Riverbank

See outdoor seating in a new light.

Lightbenches transform the concept of outdoor seating, encouraging passers-by to take the weight off their feet and strike up a conversation with a stranger. Premiered at Berlin’s Festival of Light in 2011, the benches are illuminated by hundreds of LEDs.

The Lightbenches on Durham’s riverside have been permanent fixtures in the city since Lumiere 2015.


About Bernd Spiecker

Bernd Spiecker produced his first bench in 1982 using acrylic material. He has since developed the idea of the Lightbench as a symbol of community. 

He plans to build 100 across the world in the hope that they will bring people from all backgrounds together.



Stepped and ramped access with dropped kerbs and wide paved paths.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installation for personal use, the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.


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