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A design for a new interactive bench being rolled out in schools across the UK, Europe and Africa is allowing children to communicate in new ways. World Bench was originally conceived as a public art installation by urban artists Greyworld, until Creative Partnerships commissioned the group to work with schools in London, Newcastle, Berlin and Cape Town. One end of each long bench is placed against a wall, onto which a mirror video image of the other end of the bench in a different location is projected. Children can then chat live, as if they were seated on the same bench. Adriana Paice, of the design team, explained: 'It's designed to be a window for children into another world, across cultures and nations. The children were given no explanation. They sat down on the bench one day and got on with it.' The group's previous works include the an installation at Hampton Court Palace maze and The Source, an eight storey-high kinetic sculpture for the London Stock Exchange. Visit www. greyworld. org

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