New Yorkers know this city can really get the best of you sometimes, and on those days you may want to take a walk to blow off some steam and…I don’t know, punch a pole?
As you’ve strolled around New York City over the course of the last month you may have noticed some yellow Public Punching Bags scattered around. Designed by the Georgia-based studio dtttww (which stands for “don’t take this the wrong way”), these bags are “a public amenity that caters to emotions,” as their studio’s site calls it. This art installation is intended to be used by anyone who comes across them that may need to release some pent-up frustrations with a good punch.
The Public Punching Bags first debuted in the city during last month’s NYC Design Week, with a handful of them on various poles throughout Manhattan. As the studio explains,
“The concept explores designing common spaces for the frustrations we all face. Frustrations that go beyond designed systems and happen, well, because we are human. The public punching bag offers an outlet for these emotions as a means to maybe develop a healthier way to address personal and collective issues in a public setting.”
Each bag has a “use at your own risk” disclaimer at the bottom, followed by “a healthy place for frustrations.”
featured image source: dtttww studio
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