Capital Seats - Palm Bench


Designer: Carol Combs

Sponsor: Joel and Lourdes Schrader

Location: Capitol lawn, front

Designer's comments: Actually my bench design was not chosen by the judges so I, and other members of the F.L.O.C.K. sponsored Jamie Wigglesworth's bench. I was relieved that I didn't have to make a bench. When all the judged benches were chosen by sponsors, other sponsors needed a bench. The Schraders saw my design and requested sponsorship. Sallie Lanham begged and I reluctantly agreed to make the bench. Mike and Evelyn Claffy donated their garage for me to work in and offered other help. Evelyn painted the bench framework and I painted the pictures and did the tile.

I asked my friend Chuck Rolland to help with the design. I wasn't sure how to make the palm tree, so he came up with the idea of PVC pipe covered with chicken wire then mortar on the outside sculpted to simulate the bark of a palm tree. Chuck also added the extra plywood needed for the tile. I used flag material on aluminum rods for the fronds. The paintings on front and back were done with acrylic paint and the clear coat was sprayed by Sonny Dunn's Body Shop as a donation to the "Save The Grand, Inc." renovation project. My niece Aleisha Clontz helped lay a few tiles.

This was my first mosaic. Now when I see anything flat I want to add tile. It was fun to create and I'm proud of the way it turned out. I'm glad I listened to Sallie. I have always loved the ocean and will sit for hours studying the shapes and colors of the water. This beach is any beach the viewer can dream. Just get your beach towel, sunblock, sunglasses, etc., and sit on my beach.

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. 2, 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 and click on the Capital Benches link to see other benches in the project.

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