The Great Picnic
2014 / Mark Riegelman II / Cleveland
The Great Picnic was commissioned for the Putnam Collection as a picnic table that seated 100. Picnicking has been fundamental to the enrichment of American social fabric. And for decades the picnic table has been paramount to this en plein air interaction. Today the simple and iconic wood structure of picnic tables highlights a convergence of people and ideas. Each bench and table surface is made from a number of certified reclaimed woods ranging from Heart Pine and Knotty Douglas Fir to African Mahogany and White Oak. The variety of wood species and colored stains is intended to directly reflect this notion of a confluence of identities and ideas that a picnic table highlights.