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Both ends of the design work as any other picnic table with built-in benches would, providing seating for a family enjoying the fresh air on the roof of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin.

looping picnic

Michael Beitz (via Colossal) is the artist behind the idea to put something clever in between, using specialized construction techniques and plywood to make a roller coaster-like arc to wrap up into the sky and join the two table on the deck below.

looping table

looping furniture

Beitz is a master of turning (and twisting) ordinary furniture objects into through-provoking and interactive installations, but this one is both particularly bold and playful and seems like especially-suitable seating for a museum setting.