On the bustling, popular square just in front of the Mont-Royal metro station, you’ll find the Banc-nana, a seating installation in the form of two giant bananas and one banana peel. More than just a theatrical installation, this zany yet functional sculpture not only provides people with a place to relax but gets them talking, too.
These banana benches arouse immediate enthusiasm in bystanders, residents and tourists of all ages and likes. This Pop Art-inspired installation presented a number of technical challenges. Though an easy-to-build structure made of epoxy-painted Baltic birch plywood, which could be arranged to create the shape of the fruit, it had to both be weather resistant and conform to the requirements of a public space.
Mandated by the Société de développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal and Odace Événements, Banc-Nana is a superb union of art object and interactive, comfortable and tactile urban furniture, which can’t help but elicit peals of laughter.