Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Variations over a bench

It is usual for a city or other municipality to have a standard bench. One would this think that if you have seen one, you have seen them all. That is not so. Benches, like everything else, function in a context. You have to see it in its surroundings.

I spent part of last week in Kristiansand, a city in southern Norway. Here is three examples of the "same" public bench in three different settings:




Some of my Blogging-friends "collect" benches, for instance PERBS and Malyss. If you have the time to spare give them a visit and look around. You won't regret it.

16 comments:

organic-lizzi said...

Kule bilder...&veldig hyggelig å se fra Kristiansand:-))
Vi tar disse benkene for gitt! Deilig å sette seg ned noen minutter innimellom..
Det er jo ikke alle som er som GundaM og kan lage de vakreste selv..
Deilig kveld til deg fra Randi

Petunia said...

Flotte bilder, men synes du ikke at benkene så litt ensomme ut? Benkene er for folk (fritt etter sangen om at husene trenger folk osv..)
Der skal sitte et eldre ektepar som holder hverandre i hendene og er fortsatt nyforelsket etter 60 års ekteskap - eller et ungt par som ikke har øyne for andre enn hverandre. Der skal sitte en mor med barnevogn som prøver å holde øye med 2 åringen som hopper rundt samtidig som hun bysser vognen og prøver å få babyen til å sove.....
Men ikke misforstå. Bildene dine var fine... jeg bare lar tankene fare...

The Things We Carried said...

How I hope to sit in some of these benches one day! I love textured sidewalks where you are. So much lovelier than our plain concrete.

Also very much enjoy Malyss's blog. Now to see PERBS.

Anne-Berit said...

De så litt ensomme ut,men det skyldtes vel at det var litt vått.Fine bilder:o)

Anemone said...

Så enig i det Petunia her skriver, derfro har jeg nok et litt sånnt et forhold til benker jeg også :-))

Anemone said...

Glemte den 3. klemmen denne dagen da, men her kommer den ---->

RuneK said...

Man skal raste, ikke haste... En benk er ikke en benk, det skal være sikkert, det finnes dusinvis av dem, ikke alle er like gode å sitte på, men man får jo en liten pust i bakken. Pene bilder!

Ackworth born said...

They look rather cold and uncomfortable to me.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I very much enjoyed seeing the benches in such diverse surroundings; they are, of course, the same design, but take on a different look according to where they are. Nice idea, and excellent photos. I do like the horse statue in the first one.

PERBS said...

How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing , Rune. . . yu know we love benches! Kerri also helps me post benches she finds. It was Malyss who taught me about including the setting with the bench when you can. Iften, I find my benches in places where people arent' too happy to have me photogrph them. But I say, if they put it in public view, all's fair. . . lol Ü

I love the cobblestone under each of these benches. Each has its own personality in different settings. You are so right about how appealing they are even when they all look the same. The settign does play an important part.

The benches don't look cold to me. I suppose thy do get chilled being metal and all BUT they look like a bench I could snuggle back on and feel the weariness from walking fade away. I wonder if they get hot in the summertime. You will have to ask your friend who lives there to test it out for you and let me know! Ü

I was busy today and just got home to reply. Thanks for thinking of me and Kerri and malyssa because we all love benches! BTW, did you see my shoeshine bench from a couple days ago? It's a real antique in an art gallery!!!!!!!

Thanks again for sharing and although you have linked us, I will link back to you in case someone wants to see those neat benches of yours too and they don't yet visit your blog.. Will do it tomorrow.
Your kindness is much appreciated and I am glad things are going well after your annual check up.

Paulie

ArneA said...

Benkene var vel de minst spennende på bildene, men hva gjør man ikke for fotografiets skyld
:)
Figuren i vinduet bak, bokreolen og skulpturene rakk du vel også å digitalisere håper jeg

Malyss said...

Raindrops, snow, benches, and a link to my blog..You made my day, RuneE!!Thank you for this nice post!
By the way, you notice something interesting: cities use more and more standard benches, and I think it's a pity;
When I began to picture benches some years ago, they were all different.Now I noticed that they become more and more same, not only in the inside of a city but also in several cities.I found the same benches in Paris, Nice, Lyon,..and I'm not sure to like it..
My favorite of your 3 pictures is the one with the bike.The one with the small horse is pretty, I don't like the modern sculptures on the third one but I like the old snow behind the bench. But the one with the bike tells me more stories..
Thank you again and have a nice day!

RuneE said...

Comment to comments :-)

It seems that not everyone has read the text (or I may have written it badly) - the benches are meant to be seen empty, but related to the surroundings. I very seldom post pictures with close-ups of recognizable people.

John said...

Den typen benker har jeg ikke sett før og vi har ingen sånne her i byen(Tror jeg da :))
I museumsparken rett her nede står det drøye ti benker av den tradisjonelle tre typen med jern rammen. Men det spesielle er at de er malt av noen kunstnere slik at de alle er forskjellige. Skal nok se å få fanget de i løpet av våren. :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Oh I like your study of the same bench in different places. ;-)

Barbara Martin said...

The bench study is very nice, but I do like the first one with the foal statue the best.