By Nick Green and supported by Smith and Goat.
It's been said that 'London streets are paved with gold', but aren't they also gilded with the riches of the lunch break? The design takes fragments of litter - coffee cups, plastic bottles, takeaway packaging etc - and seals these within concrete and resin, elevating a litter strewn surface into terrazzo. Repurposing the detritus of the transient commuter city into a new object of permanence and status, 'Do you care about your city?' is a reminder that litter is not temporary, that while much of what we throw out every day is single-use it nonetheless has a lasting impact on our streets and our environment.
The bench is supported and manufactured by Smith and Goat.
This bench forms part of the 2021 City Benches, a design competition by the LFA, Cheapside Business Alliance and Aldgate Connect BID, that sees see a playful series of nine benches brightening the streetscape across Cheapside and Aldgate.
To hear Nick sharing the story behind his bench, head here.