Inside the Bench
The project Space To Take Place is a gift from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to its valued foreign contacts. The project focuses on the relationship between donor and recipient in a fresh and original way.
The recipients are given a share in a space in one of the Netherlands’ most striking locations, namely a reserved seat on a 100-metre-long bench in the public space. Individuals as far away as Côte d’Ivoire, Ukraine and China will become the owners of 1/1000th of the bench. Find here a detailed list of the owners [pdf]
Foreign contacts will be presented with a deed of gift in one of over a hundred countries with Dutch diplomatic missions. Through this symbolic gift of real estate, recipients become hosts: they invite others to occupy this place in the Netherlands – a place whose genesis is in part due to them. By indicating and occupying a place and a position, the project creates a new mode of hospitality.