Bench series #42

For the month of October I’m looking for a bench with someone or something sitting on it

(any kind of bench will do, but there must be at least one person, animal or object on the bench)

Sculptures on benches in Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex/Kent

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: October
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in November.

My Picks of the Week:

There was a flurry of benches with sculptures last week with a couple from the prolific artist Seward Johnson (click on next at the bottom to scroll through the benches on his site). The first is from Anne who has entered several benches before but unfortunately I have missed them! Sorry Anne! And two from Sylvia. I have a photo of one of his sculptures ‘Kiss‘ that used to stand in San Diego, but yes that’s not on a bench!

Please welcome a new entry from New / Old Amsterdam with ghostly figures and the same sculpture from Elaine but in a different location or take a look at these benches with real human interest, one is sure to make you smile. Geriatrix and friends or Lori’s family having a giggle.
Tish on the other hand has a much more thought-provoking statue as does Elaine. But I’ll end on a sunnier note with an arty shot from Kaz of the most interesting bench shelters I have seen. Oh, how I wish I was sitting there now!

Occupied benches appears to be the favourite theme so far. Thank you all for sharing some fabulous benches and please check out the other links within the comment section.


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

77 thoughts on “Bench series #42”

    1. You seem to have had an obsession with things on benches Sylvia! Thank you for sharing them with us and I look forward to seeing what else you have in that digital shoebox 😉

  1. An inspiring selection this time, Jude. I love the white figures, with the huge trowel stuck in the lawn! It has to go to Turing on his bench though. He looks slightly robotic; very apt, given his quote about machines thinking.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. A sculpture exhibition in the garden on my visit. There were one or two that I fancied, if you click on the link at the top of the post you’ll see more 🙂

  2. Every month when this rolls around, I wish I had entered. So … I will. I don’t have exactly the right photograph, but nonetheless, I do have a little something. I love the bench-seated bronzes. We have a couple of them in Boston and the next time I’m in that area, I’ll take some pictures. Meanwhile, out here in the country … well … it’s a different story 🙂

    1. I don’t recall any in Sydney, but you never know. Here they tend to be in gardens, in the US they seem to be in parks. In Europe and Canada I have seen them in the street, in squares.

    1. The ordinary becoming extraordinary? I was thinking that all these bench posts fit into that theme. And the worst thing is Sue that I still keep taking photos of them!

    1. Funny isn’t it, most of the time we wait patiently until a bench is actually empty before taking a photograph, but I thought other people may have some interesting examples and they sure do!

  3. What great benches Jude. I don’t know if I’ve got any as interesting, as I’ve already used up the stone ‘sofa’ bench with the cat sitting on it…thinking, thinking. You and Sylvia between you could start a separate blog with just your unique and gorgeous benches alone 🙂

      1. Yes, and I don’t remember taking photos of any in all those years I lived there! But I’m determined to find something for you…watch this space, ha!

      1. I am a busy guy these days. But it’s kind of thing. If I’m traveling and see a bench, I’ll photograph it, so I have some…but who knows where because I’m not good at storing or categorizing beyond time and place.

        1. One of my tasks on the ‘to do’ list – organize, delete and categorize photos. Trouble is I’d have to stop taking any for a year to be able to get this done!

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