Please, Be Seated benches up for auction
Each year, in late spring, an array of whimsical benches appears in and around the green spaces and public places of downtown Belfast.
According to Please, Be Seated project curator, Elaine Bielenberg, “Visitors are constantly asking if the seats are for sale because they have such appeal. This year we can offer wider audience participation through an online auction, where each seat is showcased with a photo and a description.” In addition, Bielenberg says, “The sale of part of our seat inventory helps fund next year’s artists and projects, and by making space for new seats next year, we can keep the project fresh and exciting.”
Should anyone like to find their own seat, and give it a new home in the backyard or room of their choosing, Bielenberg recommend visiting the Please, Be Seated auction site at www.biddingowl.com/ourtownbelfast. Ten of Our Town Belfast’s wild and wonderful benches are now up for bid until Sept. 13. Benches ranging from an aluminum glider made of re-purposed nautical supplies entitled “Front Row for Old Salts’ Tales” by Anita Brosius-Scott to a surprisingly-elegant tribute to Bruce Springsteen called “Rock on Spruce Spring Seat” by Bonnie Pierce and Michael Tracey make for a fine catalogue of available seats.
For more information about Please, Be Seated and its online auction, contact Our Town Belfast at 323-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.