The Inspiring Views project run by Surrey Hills Arts and funded by the Mittal Foundation, invited five artists, a poet and a sound artist to create sculptural seating at five outstanding sites within the Surrey Hills.
We created our bench from sweet chestnut for the Hurtwood and Holmbury Hill site and placed the individual seats in an arrangement so visitors can sit out towards the view or inwards for sociable conversation and picnics, also allowing wheelchair access.
So lace up your boots and get walking to discover them for yourselves, for further details please visit the Surrey Hills Arts website.
“The first glimpse of the view from Holmbury Hill is a heart-stopping, ‘glad-to-be-alive-in-England’ moment. It demands savouring, mulling over, contemplation and discussion. You are invited to do so from the sociable conversation bench that now accompanies that view.” Matthew Burt
This commission to create thirty-two benches from recycled harbour fenders was certainly a first and presented us with a brief we could not resist…
It has been a privilege to work with Hollie’s parents Nick and Mandy, her sister Chloe and their wider family, in creating a memorial bench for Hollie…