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The Grand Bench (Stymie)

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 29, 2003

Bench Name: The Grand Bench (Stymie)

Designer: Rick Quarles

Sponsor: C. Michael Davenport

Location: 509 St. Clair St.

Designer’s comments: I wanted to create something that was synonymous with the overall concept of this project. The word “Grand” acted as the key element in creating this bench. Art is influenced in many ways, Visual and performing arts are just a couple to mention. To me, a most beautiful piece of art is the “Baby Grand Piano,” not only with its sound, but its stature. My intention was to create a project that portrayed the same description. Something that would lead your eyes around the shape, curves and bold appearance without ever getting tired. I’d like to thank all those involved. Encouragement and positive reinforcement is a part of everything great.

I wanted to create a display piece in the same category as lawn furniture. Material used are metal, steel and iron. These were chosen because of the durability. I wanted it to last through any situation.

The State Journal is publishing photos of the Capital Seats public art project. The Capital Seats public art project is a combined effort of Save the Grand Theatre, Inc., and the Capital Area Art Guild, which have partnered to raise funds to renovate the Grand Theatre in downtown Frankfort into a local community arts center. The Capital Seats project also has been planned to promote the enjoyment of art in the community. On Oct. 9, Save the Grand Theatre, Inc., will reprise its highly successful “Grand Taste of Frankfort” event, at which time the benches will be auctioned to the public. Visit The State Journal Web site at www.state-journal.com and click on the Capital Benches link to see other benches in the project.