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Final Bench at Workshop

Ripple Bench Concept Proposal

 

ROGER DAY

"Ripple Bench"

Woodhatch pond, Reigate

 

RIPPLES HIGHLIGHTING THIS VITAL SOURCE OF LIFE,
THE FLUID CALLS TO OUR SUBCONSCIOUS PRIMAL ORIGIN,
INTERLOCKING PATTERNS MIRROR THE ENERGIES OF SOCIAL EXCHANGE,
CLEAN, PURE FORM ENCOURAGES RESPECT FOR THE GIFT OF THE LOCATION,
QUIETLY WE CONTEMPLATE THE MOMENT, BEFORE WE JOURNEY AGAIN.”


Situated by a pond in Woodhatch near Reigate.

English Oak 3m

Once a watering pond for livestock, it is now an area of rich and diverse habitat for wildlife. A passing place on the way to local shops the bench will be used as a halfway resting point and a place for socialising.

Made from locally sourced storm blown timber, The Countryside and Tree Officers of Reigate and Banstead BC commissioned the bench. Its aim is to enrich the experience of the site and highlight the valuable asset of the countryside which they manage for the local community.

A concern for the possibility of vandalism was addressed by the abstract and robust nature of the design. With no vulnerable details the bench could be cleaned or reworked easily if ever defaced, and is also durable and long lasting. The texture was created using custom tooling designed and engineered for this specific task.

Planned with state of the art 3d graphics, the commissioners and the artist liaised for several months to arrive at the best possible design solution. All of the timber was optimally utilised and all parties involved felt that they had a part in the design process. The flexibility of this approach makes it an invaluable tool for the successful completion of such a multi-faceted project.

View a Film of the making of "Ripple Bench" Here

 

download full catalogues here

SculptureInWood.pdf
FurnitureInTheLandscape.pdf