Finalist prototype for all benches to be dispersed along Atlanta's BeltLine. This is a working prototype which was installed and funded by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.
Project Lead:Tim Keepers of OrchestraONE_Studio
Metal Fabrication: Vass Metalworks
Wood Supply: Eutree Inc.
Photography: Michael Parmelee & CaptisLUX : www.captislux.com
The city of Atlanta is well known for its railroads and the role they played in its spatial organization. However, a substantial part of its accumulation of wealth and ability to survive during the Civil War is attributed to the output of the local textile factories. Atlanta housed multiple large-volume facilities that were extremely influential to the growth and establishment of the local and neighboring communities.
This bench uses brass flat stock to stitch the two halves of the wood seats together both figuratively and literally. This symbolic performance echoes the movement of the historic textile machines, which moved huge reams of fabric from one large wheel to another as they made their way through the production process. The brass bars also represent how the BeltLine stitches together many Atlanta communities. The structural steel legs, which seem to rise out of the ground, signify the growth and advancement of Atlanta's pedestrian activity throughout the city while the mass of the two seat halves represent a railroad tie to convey the importance this mode of transport had on the city.
The bench's top sections are offset from each other allowing them to interlock when placed side by side. This will create a seat as long as required. The ends also taper to create a special seat or place for children and squirrels to perch. At trail entrances and other important landmarks, a USB port can be hardwired into the bench to charge up to eight phones. In places where wayfinding or pathway light is important solar powered LED lights can be integrated into the core rail of the bench. All wood used in the bench is reclaimed from Atlanta properties. Although not shown here, this bench design can feature back support.
* Naval Brass Flat Stock
* Hot Rolled Steel:Flat Stock & Solid Bar
* Locally Harvested Oak
* Blackened Socket Cap Bolts
* Naval Brass Washers
* Galvanized Fender Washers
* Weather Resistant Usb Charging Ports:(4x Bay)
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The oak looks ebonized - did you guys use the acetic acid technique? I have always wondered if ebonizing would actually help prevent UV degradation because the tannins have already reacted and would theoretically be less susceptible to bleaching. I love the look of the blackened oak next to the brass and imagine it will only become more interesting with time.
Very cool. I've never tried zinc oxide with tannins, gonna have to experiment around with that now! I thought the blueish tint was just some color distortion in the photos, now I _definitely_ have to see these in person. Thanks for the reply!
I actually love that the bench bottom reminds me of Donald Judd's work....very nice!
Love love the seat on this bench but the base seems overengineerered and distracts from the beauty 😕
This bench is my spirit animal. I'd like to shake hands with its maker. I bet he has a full head of hair and a strong brow.