Granary Square Benches by Ian McChesney

Ian McChesney recently returned from the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland, where he inspected the first completed carved Cornish granite bench of the eight benches he has designed for an installation at Granary Square, London.





From Ian McChesney

We were recently commissioned by King’s Cross General Partnership to design eight large benches in Granary Square one of London’s newest public spaces, and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The benches will be arranged in a formal arrangement of facing pairs around four existing fountain pools. Carved in Cornish granite each will be 8m long by 1.2m deep and will weigh around 4 tonnes. The aesthetic of the benches borrows from the eroded quality of naturally occurring granite boulders resulting in smooth, curvaceous and comfortable forms. The first bench is currently in manufacture and the full set are due to be installed in the square in early 2015.

Design: Ian McChesney

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