Tales From a Park Bench is a temporary installation that will run for just one week, from 3 – 9 August, in C22, a pop-up gallery on Chalk Farm Road.

July 12, 2009

TELL A STORY. TELL A JOKE. TELL IT LIKE IT IS. DO WHATEVER TAKES YOUR FANCY. RANT FOR A MINUTE, RHAPSODISE FOR AN HOUR. OR JUST HANG OUT AND HAVE A DRINK

We loved the idea behind Anthony Gormley’s 4th Plinth – to give ordinary folk a chance to be represented – so we’ve nicked it. But here’s the twist. Why not do it on a park bench in a disused shop in Camden Town, rather than a plinth on Trafalgar Square?

Everyone, and anyone, is welcome: locals, strangers, tourists, musicians, artists, businessmen, housewives, writers, young, old, in-between. Just turn up, have a beer, and if the mood takes you, hop on the bench and play a song, read a poem, tell a funny story or just stand there, watching us, watching you. Oh, and there’s always the chance that no-one will use the bench at all….

Our starting point was Bench Marks, Stephen’s weekly Time Out column (www.benchpoetry.blogspot.com ) on the human stories behind park bench inscriptions, so a dustbin installed by the bench will brim over with hundreds of crumpled photocopies of the column: if that’s your thing, sit and read about as many as you like, take ’em home, or chuck ‘em on the floor.

So it’s a celebration of real lives, innit. (But then again, it may just be a bunch of drunks in a room slugging back beer.)

Email talesfromaparkbench@googlemail.com if you want to say hello.

LOOK! THERE’S ALL THIS TOO:

Room 2

Don’t miss a video installation of the Youtube classic “The Dog & Carrot”!

Room 3: Kent-based photographer Julia Riddiough’s Do You Remember Me, which questions the foundations of documentary photography by using found images to create a new narrative sequence. Does truth in imagery exist?

+ No-one is Boring, a celebration of the arbitrary nature of living in a city. Buy a piece and help us eat that day

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2 Responses to “Tales From a Park Bench is a temporary installation that will run for just one week, from 3 – 9 August, in C22, a pop-up gallery on Chalk Farm Road.”

  1. Vincent Says:

    I looove so much this idea
    Thanks to do it

    I ‘ll come

    and what if I come each day ?

    cheers
    Vincent


  2. I love this idea of sharing the wonderful moments of our life on park benches.

    I too love joining you guys.


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