The connection creation bench

2ToTango is an 8’ long polished aluminum teeter-totter bench that creates observational and social interaction opportunities for passersby. These range from simply observing it without any physical interaction, to sitting on it and experiencing cooperative, dominating, and/or engaged interactions with others. When a person sits on the left or right side of the bench, that respective side lowers slowly. When they leave, the bench returns to a horizontal position. If two or more people sit on both sides at the same time, the bench teeter-totters in relation to where they sit and where they might move, depending upon whether and how they choose to interact with each other.

2ToTango is envisioned to be installed in public places, with museum environments being the most likely setting. Its triangular cross section twists 180 degrees from the left and right sides, which provide flat top surfaces for seating, to a sharp edge in the bottom center of the two middle segments to create a visual fulcrum.