This project originated from a need to provide municipal seating in West Yorkshire. Open Art sought to develop something innovative and expressive with the local community.
Working with Kate Genniver, lead community artist, we knocked on doors, asking the questions ‘what is your favourite seat?’ and ‘where are you most comfortable?’. The central importance of the sofa emerged. The sofa was at the centre of the action in the household, the hub of comfort and a symbol of status for many.
I was commissioned to carve a sofa and armchairs to be placed next to a sports pitch. Through stone carving workshops with local adults and children, a matching rug was also created. The whole process allowed local flavour, flair and hidden talent to emerge.