random #38: Watch where you park your bench!

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 08-02-2010 04:14 PM 5341 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Or this might happen! That looks like an old sycamore, but King's Inns is in England, so I guess we should call it a plane tree. If only it had been this bench, it could have fought back.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 04:22 PM

Wow, Gary, I wonder how long that bench was there!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 04:52 PM

thats cool, reminds me of Lord Of The Rings and Tom Bombardil

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 08:08 PM

Reminds me of the “Bike in a Tree” in Washington State.

I like the interesting ‘living’ bench you posted….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 08:25 PM

How long does a bench have to sit in one place for that to happen An interesting photo.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 11:17 PM

Somebody wasn’t paying any attention to it for about 15 years a hundred years ago +/- :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 03:14 AM

This picture is from the Kings Inns on Constitution Hill in Dublin Ireland. I used to sit here on my way home from work back in the early ‘80s. It used to really fascinate me how the tree had just taken this bench as its own and was lifting it off the ground. The living wood owned the cold metal. I would take friends to see if we were nearby and nobody thought it was cool. They would say ‘So what?. you need to get out more’ Well I dont think they will ever appreciate Lumberjocks. I used to wonder who else had sat there over the years and wondered in awe at the life of the tree. I know James Joyce refers to the Park in one of his books – not sure if he appreciated this though. My wife sometimes jokes that this was one of the first things I showed her when I took her back to Dublin first time. Not sure that she gets it either.
Thanks for posting – must save this picture

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 04:16 AM

That was some bench that could’ve fought back. Wonder how long it took the craftsman to make? Very ingenious, creepy bench! Simply awesome!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 05:19 AM

A century later, a sawyer might puzzle over his broken blade. “What was in the tree? A nail?” “Nope, looks like an entire park bench…”

Thanks for sharing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 08-03-2010 04:15 PM

Very fun post Gary. Makes one think.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 08-03-2010 04:15 PM

Very fun post Gary. Makes one think.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 08-05-2010 03:04 AM

Great pics Gary. I have often commented at work about the audacity and tenacity of trees. I see a lot of it but that one eating a bench is shear proof.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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