Chairs at colleges take a beating and rarely get replaced. If there’s a shopping list, something else gets a higher priority. Poorly-paid professors are used to getting along with little and keep using old chairs, no matter what shape they’re in. The universality of these conditions inspired the Tumblr blog Sad Chairs of Academia. Here’s a recent post, illustrating the picture above.
This multi-denominational congregation of sad chairs stoically gathered in a former basketball court (which for the past 40 years has been re-purposed as the Art + Design department’s Foundation Drawing Studio) to greet new students this September. This gang of seats was deemed enough of an embarrassment that the administration sanctioned replacing them all with set of previously decommissioned chairs that were, at least, matching.