Capital Seats/Backhall Catchall


Bench name: "Backhall Catchall"

Designer: Ida Palmer-Ball

Sponsor: McDonald's of Frankfort

Location: McDonald's West, U.S. 127 south

Designer's comments: I had great fun making the bench. Several years ago I salvaged maple branches that had been dumped on my mother's road in Louisville. I hauled them back to Alabama where I was living at the time and fashioned my first twig table. A dozen tables, three coat racks and several lamps later I took on my biggest project so far: this bench. I used branches from a large tree, recently cut down, that Mark Moore, dairyman and neighbor here in Franklin County, kindly let me have. With an old bowsaw, power drill, electric screwdriver, coping saw and screws it was put together. The seat is made from cedar planks purchased locally. I was pleased that the bench turned out very much like my original sketch...sometimes one has to do what the wood "says" ...but luckily we spoke the same language!

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

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