The Battery Park reinterprets the iconic cantilever chair by folding its continuous tubular frame in onto itself to produce what resembles an ergonomic ‘pretzel’ having three legs, a back, and arm rests. In doing so, like its predecessor, it achieves its new form with a minimal amount of material and labor, making it lightweight and stable. Its economy of production echoes the economy of the human body in the Park, in so far as the Pretzel Chair is reversible and accommodates the Park’s visitor in their most common positions: Task and Leisure. Its legs and rests work interchangeably, their proportions and angles designed to respond to the body in its respective positions.
The welded wire webbing prevents the bent steel tube frame from spreading, while providing a subtle surface to capture the body when in the reclined position; supporting the back and bracing the knees when cross legged. Its staggering minimizes the chair’s silhouette when not in use to allow uninterrupted views of the Park. A recycled rubber roller acts as a lumbar like back support in the task position. It completes the bent tube tube with of a tamper proof coupling fastener at either end. Cast in metal, it bears the park’s name to commemorate it, and the history of the iron works of the city. Dramatic in color, opportunistic, the Pretzel Chair longs for the attention bestowed upon the park’s most exotic flora.