Art of Business

Sculptor, Louis Olivier and RMB’s Rudolf Gouws discuss the female Differently. Think. figure in Olivier’s studio

The completed female 'thinker' figure on Louis Olivier's Differently. Think. bench
RMB’s ex-CEO (September 2008 – September 2015) Alan Pullinger, taking a break from work (on the bench), during the 2010 Fifa World CupTM


The ability to uphold Traditional values while producing Innovative ideas requires lateral thinking. This was the inspiration behind producing a six-metre-long concrete 'floating' bench, flanked at each end by male and female life-size bronze figures deep in thought, titled Differently.Think.

RMB commissioned self-taught, South African sculptor Louis Olivier in 2009 to create the ‘floating’ bench as part of the Sandton Central BenchMark Project to design 'innovative urban furniture’ that would redefine prominent public sidewalks through the use of contemporary, utilitarian art.

The 'floating' bench took two years to produce and today has pride of place on the Rivonia Road pavement in front of the bank’s iconic Merchant Place headquarters.

Olivier was first commissioned by RMB in 2006 to devise a unique corporate gift. He answered the brief with a limited edition of bronze and stainless steel bookends. The ‘thinker’ bookends series initiated the extended idea of an impressive bench, with thinker figures that people could interact with in a public place – Think Stop.