If you’ve been in downtown Stamford recently, you may have noticed some new and interesting places to take a load off. Each year, Stamford’s Downtown Special Services District installs a new outdoor sculpture exhibit as part of its Art in Public Places Initiative. This year’s theme is Street Seats, with 40 originally designed painted wooden benches spread throughout downtown.
“They’re multipurpose,” says Stamford resident Robert Cobb. “They’re seats for one thing, they’re colorful, they’re artistic, they add a bit more of a luster to the doldrum of the city and the scenery so to speak.”
“It’s a nice thing that people do to promote art and to promote the unique city that Stamford is,” says resident Sara Lobner. “Each one has its own unique personality so I think it’s a great idea.”
“I think it’s pretty cool because you can take pictures with them and then you can sit down,” says Pearl Fequiere. “We’re actually, as a family, going out and taking pictures with the benches.”
Installed in June, Street Seats will be on display all summer. The benches will then be auctioned off, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Curtain Call and the Palace Theatre.
For more information and a map of bench locations, visit Stamford-Downtown.com