Is This Seat Taken?


Bench Name: Is This Seat Taken?

Designer: Sarah Gillig

Sponsor: Randy Bacon, Mary Lynn Collins, Margaret Doyle

Location: The second floor of the Paul Sawyier Public Library across from the elevator.

Designer's comments: The book pages on the back area taken from an old copy of Romeo and Juliet and a copy of Cyrano de Beugerac.

This bench caused the most consternation - I spent about three hours on the Internet searching for a cheap mannequin. As the starting price for most mannequins is about $800, I had to do some serious detective work to stay within budget! Luckily I received a tip about an affordable company based in Michigan who had mannequins for about $100.

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 Inc., 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 Seats link to see other benches in the project.

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