In a week when the news from Charlottesville was vile, it’s been good to remind myself that our stay there a few weeks ago was great. Here’s the downtown area in more peaceful times complete with some tippity top pots and public planting.
Here’s hoping the better times return soon.
Can you tell what it is yet? 😉
A surprise find on our travels in Virginia, the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton had a wealth of information about early settlement in the USA.
Now you see him…
…Now you don’t 😉
The poster in C’Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery‘s window says (abridged and anglicised slightly):
“Seat of Harmony
Created for C’Ville Arts Artists’ Cooperative by Virginia Gardner December 2007.
The loveseat is sculpted in polystyrene. Sheets of poly were laminated together to form large blocks, which were then sculpted to form a large, comfy sofa. Several layers of fibreglass mesh and concrete were applied, over which the mosaic of mixed materials was applied.
It was designed specifically for this spot outside C’Ville Arts and is not for sale.
Artists from the cooperative contributed small personal objects which were also incorporated into the design, representing the cooperative nature of their organisation. The five elements of Feng Shui (Water, Fire, Earth, Wood and Metal) have been defined symbolically and form the basis of the design. Feng Shui can be described as the natural path with the least resistance. The practice of Feng Shui is about creating harmony within our environment.
The Hole in the centre is provided for drainage. I would appreciate it if you do not place objects in the hole. It’s a pain cleaning it out. Thank you.”
Visitors are encouraged to take photos and send them to the gallery. Sadly the website address given on the sign no longer appears to exist. I’ll be sending this blog post to them by other means 🙂
We have a new guest bench contributor today from the lovely Deb who’s kindly let me share the bench she found on holiday in Cornwall 🙂
I love how people are starting to donate benches to this blog via social media as well as email. Thanks Deb!
Today’s Friday Bench was kindly sent to me by my friends Steve and Lu, who said “Which we sat on this morning :)”.
That was a couple of weeks ago as we were all on holiday at the time – they were in Greece and I was in Canada 🙂
Doesn’t it look idyllic? More visitors sitting on benches might help solve Greece’s current economic problems…
This brings the number of countries with benches on this blog up to 8. I wonder if your holidays might help it to 10 or more…?
I can see why the detail of this bench at the station at Beamish made the toddler nearby say ‘Look, snakes mummy’ just as I clicked the shutter.
Spotted in the dimly lit Co-op at Beamish (hence blurry image), which made me chuckle 🙂