Street-pipe seat-mod

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Street-pipe seat-mod


Posterchild’s seating caps make urban environments a bit more people-friendly

These pipes- as pokey, uncomfortable, and rough as they are- have long ago been reimagined as benches, repurposed as public seating on a street that has none.

I just made them more comfy!

Seen above is one of five installed in Toronto’s Chinatown. – Seating Cap [via Urban Prankster]

10 thoughts on “Street-pipe seat-mod

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is that a natural gas pipe you’ve added a step to? the below grade pipes are just plastic. That pipe wasn’t made to support the weight of a person. You could be in for some really dangerous gas leeks.

    It’s a good idea but it may be safer if the seat supported it’s self. maybe bolt it to the wall and add two leg’s.

  2. says:

    I’m seconding the anonymous comment. Those are gas pipes, and snapping them would be bad.

    (On the other hand, I think the below-grade pipes are sleeves for the natural gas pipes, so the NG pipes aren’t in direct contact with the concrete.)

  3. hojo says:

    Plastic pipes aside, this wasn’t engineered to be weight bearing. It’s just a bad idea.

  4. MIKE says:

    I think the point is that people were already sitting on these pipes (maybe there is a bus stop nearby) there is not any more stress on them than there was before, but now it’s more comfortable. all that aside, if the weight of a person could damage these Schedule 40 steel pipes, I would be *very* shocked.

  5. Jeremy says:

    Mike wrote: if the weight of a person could damage these Schedule 40 steel pipes, I would be *very* shocked”….”shocked” would be if you built a bench on electric wire which broke. Why not try “burned” from building a BBQ on a gas station pump?

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