ArtAround Roswell 2021-2022 Temporary Sculpture

Earworm Whisper Bench

Jim Gallucci | Greensboro, NC

Location: Roswell Area Library (115 Norcross Street)

Materials:  Powder coated steel
Dimensions: 5 ft x 9 ft x 5 ft
Available for purchase: Contact Elan@RoswellArtsFund.org to learn more.

It’s hard to miss this piece that seems like it came straight from Dr. Seuss’s furniture store. Designed as part of a series to encourage interaction between users, Jim Gallucci made the bench with giant, Edison-style ear trumpets that capture and amplify any voice directed into them. Earworm Whisper Bench both inspires and facilitates community discussion in a unique new sculpture that’s a blast to play around with.

“My benches are publicly placed objects that invite interaction with the passers-by. The benches are playful objects that invite the public to sit and talk with a friend or acquaintance. Though each can function as a “seat,” the form lures the viewer to explore each bench and try to explore the bench to discover their secondary use,” Gallucci said.

With each project, Jim brings a unique sense of self-expression while captivating the viewer. “Art is the physical manifestation of an idea or event that calls forth an emotional response from the viewer. It speaks to us and evokes a chord deep within us. Good art challenges us, can make us feel righteous, move us, soothe us, heal us and bring us peace.”