Metrocards, become bench
Sit on you to rest butt
Get money, get paid
Brooklyn-based Stephen Shaheen has taken a whopping 5,000 New York City MetroCards and turned them into a life-sized, “put it here while you wait ‘til pigs fly before catching the C train” bench. Shaheen designed the furniture for a recent exhibit on MetroCard art and amassed the cards by posting an ad — “$$ for old Metrocards! Fast cash…” — in the “Etc.” section of Craigslist.
The response? Holy moly hot. He gathered all the cards he needed in less than a week. One woman even worked with her family to collect more than 2,000 cards for Shaheen in just days. And we thought no one actually read “Etc.”
“When I heard about the exhibit, I saw it as an opportunity to challenge myself to do something which at the outset seemed absurd,” Shaheen tells Co.Design: “to make a sculptural seat out of these thin pieces of plastic that a person could actually rest on.”