The benches designed by Tim Ward of Circling the Square have an atmosphere of social realism about them. The Parish Council are keen on historical references and the pair of benches depicting important forms of local historic manufacturing and employment, will sit in the pocket park forming the frontage to the new development. The second bench shows hop pickers, hops were an important crop employing significant numbers in seasonal work.
Four benches in total, Tim has cleverly unified them with a strong form reflecting the importance of the river and references to Swan Street.
The final pair of benches depicting the swan, with the image reflected so that the two swans will face each other, will be located further into the site, close to the newly opened waterway and play area.
The art benches are just part of the strategy which addresses themes of way-finding and street furniture to create a distinctively classy, but quiet village feel to the housing scheme and complementing Bloors architecture.