Location: Walkergate Riverside
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.