Benchmarks: 2000

Benchmarks in 2000, allowed artists, architects and designers an opportunity to reinvent the humble park bench resulting in six completed and sited pieces.

Orkney Basket Bench – Trevor Leat/Alex Rigg

Using traditional basketry techniques and materials this bench is inspired by Orkney hooded seating designs. It is also a response to previous large scale collaborative work between the artists in which they produced giant heads, 2 metres high:

“We are drawing our ideas from the sense of security and intimacy that anyone found who crawled inside the heads…We are inviting people to climb into the interior (of the bench) and feel like they are entering a very personal space.”

Jelly Moulds – One Foot Taller

Using recycled rubber flooring surface which is used in children’s playgrounds:

“We have a simple broad aim to create objects of the present which say what they are, bring pleasure and are tough enough to last."

Bench for a Tree – Jules Goss

“…an opportunity to experience something whilst seated / not seated”

A bench for a tree which can be adjusted to expand as a tree grows. Supporting and changing with the lifetime of the tree.

“Untitled” – McGurn Architects

Creating a bench which adapts and changes with the variety of people who use it and to the climate. It will visibly change due to climatic conditions.

Map Bench – Page and Park

“We want to produce something practical and beautiful which could be mass produced.”

The bench is based on a relief map of Bellahouston Park. It presents a “floating picnic blanket” for people to sit around in a group, lie on and relax etc.

Worms Eye View – V K & C

“This work represents a playful gesture reflecting the House and the surrounding gardens. No new materials have been used, but by removing the soil, we create a new space (perhaps revealing one that was previously hidden)”