The Big Sit

April 2018

They are calling it the largest couch in the world. Whether or not it makes the record books, it will appear by year’s end in Balboa Plaza at the intersection of De Soto, Anderson and Biltmore Way: A giant, oversized stone sofa, the city’s latest foray into public art. “We wanted to do a project that brings a piece of the home into the public realm,” says artist Roberto Behar. “It also has a kind of fantastic dimension. It’s the land of the colossal.” Behar and R&R Studios partner Rosario Marquardt were commissioned by MG Developer to enhance the outdoor space near their latest project. “It will become a point of reference in the city,” says Behar. “We can say, ‘Let’s meet at the grand bench.’”