Capital Seats: Circa 1952

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Bench Name: Circa 1952

Artist: Stephen P. Schrader

Sponsor: Coldwell Banker Preferred Realty

Location: St. Clair Street, in front of the old Grand Theatre

Bench Name: Circa 1952

Artist: Stephen P. Schrader

Sponsor: Coldwell Banker Preferred Realty

Location: St. Clair Street, in front of the old Grand Theatre

Designer's comments: I thought the bench would have broad appeal. During the first weekend the "Capital Seats" were on display together, it was fun to watch children climbing on it, young adults wondering what the Grand Theatre was, and older folks reminiscing about times spent there.

I saw the marquee as it appeared in 1952 on a "Save the Grand" poster and came up with the idea to produce a small scale model. I handmade it from steel and also cut the letters from steel. The bench is reinforced underneath with steel braces and includes an adjustable bolt so the bench can be leveled on any surface it is set upon.

I'd like to thank the sponsors of the bench and Sallie Clay Lanham of the Capital Area Art Guild for all her hard work in pulling this project together.

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 www.state-journal.com and click on the Capital Benches link to see other benches in the project.

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