In his The Analysis of Beauty (1753), William Hogarth identifies, in contradistinction to “straight lines” and “curved lines,” a “serpentine line” witch he names the “line of beauty.” The line is verbally articulated also as a “waving line,” “winding line,” and “the line of grace”. According to the theory, S-shaped curved lines indicate liveliness and activity as opposed to straight lines, parallel lines or right-angled intersecting lines, which signify stillness, death or inanimate objects.
When the Museum Singer-Laren commissioned us to design an outdoor bench to celebrate the new extension, we went back to that old text. The town of Laren, in North Holland, has been already known for a lively artist community in which experimenting, and broad thinking are essential. It felt appropriate
to use a continuous line, then 3D printed in concrete to represent a sketching line. The line of beauty it’s an homage to the artistic frenzy of the area and to the unique museum.