The Bench was carved from the trunk of a single piece of oak in 2015. The piece was commissioned as part of the first Handsworth Park Arts Trail, which included a number of temporary pieces of art work installed around the Boat Lake. It is located close to the entrance in Hamstead Road, next to St Mary’s Church and the Boating Lake, which is a popular place for people to stop and sit and enjoy the tranquillity of this part of the Park.
Graham works almost exclusively in wood, and was commissioned to produce a carving for the temporary Handsworth Park Arts Trail in 2015 and develop an abstract piece that would be a great storytelling tool.
With over 30 years’ experience working on a wide range of projects, Graham has developed an expertise in all kinds of woodcarving, and has regular commissions from private companies, galleries, public parks, schools, private individuals and Local Authorities.
Graham describes how he came up with the design.
“A beautiful piece of Birmingham grown oak was provided by Birmingham City Council Parks Department. It was so nice that I thought whatever I made with it would be good. As I began to shape it, not knowing where it would take me, a feather blew across the grass. There are many feathers by the lake from the water birds.
The wind was strong and the feather was free in the wind. How to carve a feather in the wind I thought? The seat that was created from this idea can be seen and interpreted in many different ways, as it reminds people of many things.”
This was born out during the time Graham was carving the wood in the park as many people stopped to talk to him about their interpretations of the art work as it emerged, many coming back day after day. The carved seat will remain in situ in the park and hopefully will be used for many years to come.