This new modular public seating in Richmond was inspired by the Fraser River

Richmond News


Move over generic park benches, Richmond has a new type of public seating to tempt residents to relax.

On Monday, the City of Richmond unveiled 21 playful, blue modular seats designed by Lower Mainland artists that it’s adding to public spaces around the city.

Photo: City of Richmond

The seats were commissioned as part of the Canada 150 Public Art legacy project. They were created by Becki Chan and Milos Begovic, both Vancouver-based artists, who call the project “Meander.”

The seats are all moveable and can connect to create wavy benches.

“Evoking the qualities of water, through shape and colour, the roto-molded and lightweight plastic design is inspired by the Fraser River’s winding paths that define Lulu Island and the Fraser Delta,” Ted Townsend, the city’s director of communications, wrote in a news release.

For the weekend of Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, people attending the Richmond World Festival at Minoru Park can get a chance to try them out. After that, the seats will find permanent homes at the Richmond Cultural Centre and City Hall Plaza.