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Tuesday 17 July 2012

An 'Arty Bench' for the Larmer Tree Festival, at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire

I've just come back from the Larmer Tree music festival, which is held at a beautiful site on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. They approached me to see if I'd like to make a piece of site sculpture. The result was the 'Arty Bench', which can be sat upon but also drawn on. The large 'blobs' of black are actually blackboard paint, which festival goers could write on using chalks provided. The chalks were replaced throughout the festival and cloths were hung on the bench to wipe it clean.

It rained quite a bit while we were there, but we saw some great bands and met some fantastic people. Thank goodness we packed waterproofs!

As you can see on the right, the ground got pretty churned up with all the rain. The bench held up well though. At one point, I saw a couple of teenage girls using the chalks (which had been slightly dissolved in one particularly heavy downpour) as impromptu facepaint. I would like to take this bench to other festivals next year if possible- keep an eye out for it.

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