Derek Hurd’s Blue Bench has a more angular presence than the other bench pieces. The unique portal hole provides a scope from the woods toward the river from a standing position and a frame of the sky from the seated position.
“The bench is sculptural and functional. Blue Bench provides users an opportunity for sitting and a standing lunch table as well. Both points of use have a framed view through a portal on the bench. Framing the sky, and framing the landscape river view will be a picture that changes through the seasons and location of the user. The bench is situated on the location of a previous bench, which is marked and celebrated in the concrete pad to honor all the lunches, cigarettes, and kisses that occurred there,” Hurd explained.