U.K rapper and singer Professor Green, real name Stephen Paul Manderson, came to Bournemouth today to take a stand against Bournemouth council.
Bournemouth Borough council has installed metal bars on the town’s benches to deter rough sleepers and the homeless from using them. The council’s decision to install the designs has made national headlines, being branded ‘inhumane’ and ‘disgraceful’.
The well known artist and television personality took to his Instagram account posting a live feed on his story, showing himself and two other men, designer Max McMurdo and producer Richie Carr ‘rearranging’ the bars that Bournemouth Council put on the benches.
The alternative design for the bench created by Max, created a place of shelter for rough sleepers. Professor Green posted a video message on his instagram account once they had finished demonstrating the alteration, stating the benches were left exactly how they were found.
“Bournemouth we hope we’ve helped you realise the full potential of your benches,” he said.
“At a cost of £18.50 these benches can become something that provides shelter for people who don’t otherwise have it, rather than pushing them out and making them feel even less welcome than they already do.”
See the full video below.
The initial report that Bournemouth were using these deterrents caused outrage on social media, and made national headlines. A local artist in Bournemouth called Stuart Semple posted a picture of one of the benches on Facebook, which seemingly sparked it all.
Stuart, who has been speaking with Green about the matter online, has now created a website and campaign called ‘Hostile Design’. It aims to highlight the kind of ‘inhumane’ architecture and designs that are being used to deter the homeless.
We hope that Hostiledesign.org will raise awareness for inhumane design and keep the pressure up on authorities to remove it and provide real services for the most vulnerable amongst us,” he said.
“Professor Green’s actions today highlighted in a creative and beautiful way the fact that design can be good, or it can be used for harm. Towns and cities have a duty to ensure public space is there for everyone and it’s sick and wrong to try and design the most vulnerable out of the equation.”
The council were unavailable to comment for Buzz News on Professor Green’s actions today.