Friday, August 28, 2009

Bench of the week (23)


Today we are back in the centre of Bergen. We are at a square called Torgalmenningen. It is the main square in the city and is often called "The heart of Bergen". Most of it was built in the 20s and 30s after a great fire destroyed a large part of of this area in 1916. During the the last decade or so much of this square has received a much needed renovation. New benches were of course included.




The benches are made of granite and wood with some supporting steel structures



They are back to back, and there are quite many of them




And they are being used...


My own interest in benches were initiated by the sites published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one and post them on Fridays.

It is not a "proper" meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays (or any other day for that matter), they are of course welcome to do so. I have therefore not made a blog roll, but visits to my former posts (see archives in the sidebar), to the previous mentioned sites and to Gerald's site Ackworth Born, Gone West (he keeps a small tab of benches he finds on his way) might be profitable.

34 comments:

James said...

Wonderful pictures Runee, I didn't understand the top one at first now it all makes sense.

Phoenix C. said...

What a beautifully shiny bench! I love the way the buildings are reflected in the seat.

(I've got a bench post again this week!)

PERBS said...

What a clever way to do it back to back! Saves on materials but not so sure I would want to lean back if the other side was also occupied. Interesting benches! I wonder if they would be hot in summer and cold in winter tho? Did you try them?

My bench is up -- it's Memorial benches actually. Drop by and see them!

Anne said...

Det første bilde ditt Rune var bare helt mega!!!! så stilig, just loved it...

Og benk kommer herfra igjen snart også. Ha en flott fredag min venn.

Malyss said...

Those ones are made to last long! they seem indestructible..
The "heart" of Bergen seems to be a very pleasant place.

Tom said...

These look very modern.... I would be more than happy to sit back on one of these and watch the world go by..

If you get the time Rune nip over here and see my Bath Bench

Tom

Tom said...

These look very modern.... I would be more than happy to sit back on one of these and watch the world go by..

If you get the time Rune nip over here and see my Bath Bench

Tom

Eamon said...

I still haven't got around to getting shots of benches, but I must say that these photos are an inspiration. Love the way you've laid them out in a contextual fashion.

mrsnesbitt said...

I love this idea! I will keep a look out for benches in France! See you soon!

Dxx

Dina said...

Granite and wood! So naturally elegant together. Beautiful benches.

My wooden ones are now posted. Come take a seat. :)

Ackworth born said...

Good to see these in the sunshine - the rain was bouncing off them when we were there!

John said...

Nice shot, the granite and wood gives it that Norwegian identity.

Heges fotoblogg said...

Steinbenker kan være urbane også :) Solide og fine å se på, men fy så kalde å sitte på om vinteren!

Anne-Berit said...

Solide saker de benkene,og så var det jo plass til mange der.Sikkert velkomment for slitne føtter etter en handlerunde i Bergen.
Ha ei riktig god helg.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Her har de laget noen slitesterke benker som vil vare og gi hvile til slitne ben i mange, mange år. Og bildene var utrolig flotte! Ha en riktig fin helg Rune.

Abraham Lincoln said...

The modern ones look to be very cold and hard but I see they are being used. The photography is excellent as usual.

Thanks for visiting my blog Pick a Peck of Pixels and commenting on the Flat Ear squirrel sitting in the snow, eating a peanut.

Wenche said...

Denne benken var kjent:-) Flott bilder, og det første var knall. Ha ei god helg!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

They are such sturdy looking benches and look like they'll still be there a hundred yeas from now.

Mine will not last so long and is at http://eastgwillimburywow.blogspot.com/2009/08/for-children-bench.html

VALKYRIEN said...

Du har steinbenk du også! De var kjempestilige! Likte godt at de hadde med litt tre også. Det første bildet falt veldig i smak, fikk meg jo til å lure på fortsettelsen! :)

Mitt bidrag er lagt ut nå!
Ha en flott helg!

Barbara Martin said...

A nice long set of benches to accommodate many people to take in the beautiful views.

My benches are up.

warsawdailyphoto said...

I love the first photo. If you get a close-up right, it can really make for an interesting picture. Good work.

Dagrun said...

Sydneshaugen sist, og Torgalmenningen nå. Jeg liker benkene dine, RuneE!!!

Ha en flott helg.

Dagrun said...

PS det første bildet var supertøft. Først trodde jeg du stod på toppen av trappene ved Johanneskirken og tok bilde nedover rekkverket...

RennyBA said...

You know I've seen that bench plenty of times, but like always; it's so great and special to see it through your lens.

RennyBA's Terella

ChrisJ said...

"What is it?" I ask myself at the first picture. I refuse to scroll down until I've had a good scrutiny of it. "It can't be a bench," I think. I gave up! And of course it is a bench! You caught me again Rune. I think we were in the square you included in your post, but I'm a little fuzzy on it. Have to back and have another look at our photos.

Grace Olsson said...

RuneE, I have been 3 times in Bergen and that view is wonderful...U get to show a romantic view of the mountain and sky.
Congrats, dear
Have a nice weekend
graceolsson.com/blog

Vicente B said...

beautiful blog of your country. Hope you dont mind i link it on to my blog of Ibiza.
www.ibizaenglish.blogspot.com

Heges fotoblogg said...

Nå har jeg fulgt forslaget ditt og laget sv/hv utgave av benken min :)

Heges fotoblogg said...

Takk for ytterligere tips :) Jeg har ikke drevet noe særlig med etterarbeid av bilder og kan nok lære litt der.

Ilse said...

Lovely photos capturing the amazing Scandinavian light enjoyed for a brief time in the summer.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shots !! Really fantastic..Great post..Unseen Rajasthan

imac said...

Hi Rune, bet they are a bit chilly to sit on if you have shorts on.lol.
Great captures of these COOL Benches.

Sara said...

I like these double sided benches...very sleek and clean lines too.

The Cowgirl said...

Aren't those an interesting design? Striking contrast to the colors of the city.