Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Steel Sitting Rings

The brothers bring a social installation to the park at Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec know it’s not just moths that are drawn to light. “Oui,” the duo’s latest installation of four large steel rings each orbiting a space lit by lamplight, sunlight, or firelight in Kunsthal Aarhus art center’s park, is as much an experiment in human conviviality as it is a way to rethink an urban landscape.

“The idea was to generate a natural link between the city and the art space,” Ronan says of the project, which derived from “Urban Reveries,” the duo’s first exhibition to focus on public spaces and urban development, on view last year in Rennes. The pieces include two circles that wrap around trees, another that orbits a fireplace (a staple of cozy hygge culture in Denmark), and a fourth that comes affixed with a tall lamp that shines down on the space after dark. The artful benches will remain on view until late 2019.

(Photos courtesy of Studio Bouroullec)

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