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The Kissing Benches

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The Kissing Benches

Designer/maker: Alison Crowther
Client/owner: Glyndebourne
Wood supplier: Neil Humphries
Timber conversion: Vastern Timber
Photography: Jacqui Hurst
Wood species: English oak

The Kissing Benches were made for the newly reinvented Figaro Garden at Glyndebourne. The garden required something that would complement and not draw attention away from the Henry Moore sculpture. These benches are a contemporary take on an old style of outdoor seating, designed to enable people to engage in conversation, embrace or kiss. Gigantic beam sections of green English oak have been hand-carved to create an ergonomic and attractive seat surface. The benches were hand-carved using traditional gouges and mallets.