Today I thought I’d share some pictures of two of my favourite spots in Rugby, England. Yes: this lovely sofa, arm chair and footstool are made of sandstone and are public benches in Jubilee Gardens.
The armchair, sofa, footstool and books were commissioned by Rugby Council. Sculptor Michael Scheuermann designed the pieces which were made in nearby Birmingham and installed in late 2008.
And as if these lovely sculptures weren’t enough for one town, there is also a chaise lounge tucked away behind the public library in the Percival Guildhouse Gardens:
The idea behind this unique street furniture was to celebrate Rugby’s famous writers, including those who attended Rugby School (the place the game was invented). So, carved into the stone, you can see books and quotes from the following authors: Rupert Brooke, Lewis Carroll, Matthew Arnold, Gillian Cross, Philip Toynbee, Arthur Ransome, Richard Grant, Thomas Hughes, John Gillespie Magee, Anthony Horowitz, Isabel Wolff, Andrew Norman Wilson, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Denys Watkins Pitchford, Salman Rushdie and Arthur Hugh Clough.
Some more pictures, taken on a more typically rainy day:
Do any of you live anywhere with wonderful bookish sculptures?