Butterfly Bench Garden

Butterfly Bench Garden

Collaborative Creativity The 4-H motto is “Learning by Doing.” The young members of Prescott’s Helping Hands 4-H club did a lot of doing, and a lot of learning, while working alongside artist John Turula, Friends of Freedom Park volunteers, and the Prescott High School Ecology Club, on the Prescott Art Bench. They also changed the way Turula works. “So often in art, it’s a singular endeavor. You solve problems in your own parameters that you’ve come upon over the years,” Turula says. “When you add a bunch of people, you get different solutions.” When those people are fourth- and fifth-graders, he also says they bring valuable enthusiasm and even “innocence.” Their fresh eyes showed Turula new ways of looking at problems, like the relationship between shapes and colors. From lump to bench While Turula learned from the kids, and the kids learned from Turula about things like color and tile and design, their advisor Gail Stewart says just as important was learning about teamwork, and staying with something to completion. “They saw how you take a big lump of brown clay and end up with that beautiful art bench at the end,” Stewart says. “It was a lot of fun, but they also stuck with it even when it wasn’t fun anymore.” The bench is surrounded by the colorful flowers of a butterfly garden that was also part of the Bench Project. Master gardener Kathy Oss taught the team about native plants that the butterflies like. They were also visited by experts in bugs and other wildlife that makes the St. Croix Valley special. Located at the confluence of the St. Croix and the Mississippi, Stewart says kids came up with lots of symbols to represent the rivers, the local area, and the Midwest’s subtle beauty. There are cardinals, robins (Wisconsin’s state bird), oak leaves, maple leaves, caterpillars, and, on the back, a Bald eagle. Freedom Park is named after an eagle called Freedom that was released there on the cliffs after being injured and rehabilitated. Usable art It was important for the bench to beautifully reflect the region’s character, but Stewart says the group also believed it needed to be functional. “There was going to be a divider that came out of the middle,” says Stewart. “We decided it might make it uncomfortable for some people, so we took it out. That’s why we did a model, and we took it out to be inclusive to all people. Now you see a lot of kids laying on it, when they wouldn’t have been able to with the divider.” Nestled in the butterfly garden, it was also specifically placed so adults could sit on it and watch their children play on the nearby playground. The Bench Project was a milestone for artist Turula beyond the new ideas the kids and other participants brought to the project. “It was a chance to make the biggest thing I’d ever made and not have to worry about moving it,” he says. “It was kind of intriguing to make something really big. I felt challenged that way.” The challenge brought everyone together around the shared goal, which opened the door for some happy memories. 4-H advisor Stewart recalls an afternoon when the group visited Turula’s studio to make ceramic tiles, and they had time to wait while glaze dried. Everyone sat under a big tree in the yard and had a picnic. The only thing missing was a nice bench.
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Butterfly Bench Garden

Description +With its large, butterfly-shaped backrest, our butterfly garden bench adds an elegant look to your landscape. It’s also at home in a sunroom or entry, with a butterfly shaped backrest that’s sure to be a focal point of any space. Crafted of metal and finished with a weather-resistant, antique white powder coating for outdoor durability. Assembly required.• Butterfly garden bench• Water-resistant, powder coated steel construction• Durable for outdoor or indoor use• Garden, porch or sunroom accent Size60-1/4″L x 17-3/4″D x 39-1/2″H
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Butterfly Bench Garden

With its large, butterfly-shaped backrest, our butterfly garden bench adds an elegant look to your landscape. It’s also at home in a sunroom or entry, with a butterfly shaped backrest that’s sure to be a focal point of any space. Crafted of metal and finished with a weather-resistant, antique white powder coating for outdoor durability. Assembly required.• Butterfly garden bench• Water-resistant, powder coated steel construction• Durable for outdoor or indoor use• Garden, porch or sunroom accent Size60-1/4″L x 17-3/4″D x 39-1/2″H

Butterfly Bench Garden

Cricket Forge Furniture Free Shipping in the Continental U.S. • Outdoor Garden Benches, Tables & Chairs Cricket Forge’s finely crafted hand created architectural metalwork has been designed, produced and installed since 1985. Cricket Forge was the first to introduce the Butterfly Bench in 1999. No matter how small and simple or large and intricate the work, their weatherproof metal furniture will endure many lifetimes. The perfect addition to your favorite outdoor space or garden, these artful and whimsical pieces are not only a fun focal point, but an interesting conversation piece. Whether your patio is in need of sprucing up with furniture, like the darling butterfly garden bench, or your children’s playspace could use a fun reading chair, like rooster rocking chair—the design variety and benches made with Cricket Forge are uniquely second to none. The Giving Tree Gallery is proud to carry such an exclusive line of garden furniture, side tables and rocking chairs; a collection that extends beyond the typical garden bench and truly brings your outdoor living spaces to life in a way that reflects your own stylistic preferences and uniqueness. Cricket Forge Frequently Asked Questions
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Butterfly Bench Garden

About Cricket Forge Best Outdoor Furniture “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso The best outdoor furniture created by Cricket Forge, an offshoot of Vega Metals, can be found primarily in art galleries, upscale garden centers and botanical gardens. Vega Metals began in 1987 and is the recipient of seven international awards for modern iron work. Our hand forged architectural metal art has been featured in numerous trade publications and books devoted to the art of blacksmithing. One of our favorite books, “The Contemporary Blacksmith” by Dona Meilach includes our work, as well as that of many other metal artist-craftsmen. Outdoor spaces should be a paradise. A place to escape from our harried world. A place to relax and reflect and surround ourselves with beauty, whimsy and peace. The creative vision of Cricket Forge is clearly stated in each and every piece of metal yard art we make. Cricket Forge’s Butterfly Bench, our very first bench design, is now known as our signature piece. This bench is available in three sizes and continues to be our best seller. Our metal yard art furnishings, garden benches and sculpture grace many private and public gardens throughout the United States. Cricket Forge is Crazy About Quality Cricket Forge makes the best quality outdoor garden furniture and garden decor available. We do it all in our Durham, North Carolina USA studio.
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Butterfly Bench Garden

Cricket Forge’s finely crafted hand created architectural metalwork has been designed, produced and installed since 1985. Cricket Forge was the first to introduce the Butterfly Bench in 1999. No matter how small and simple or large and intricate the work, their weatherproof metal furniture will endure many lifetimes. The perfect addition to your favorite outdoor space or garden, these artful and whimsical pieces are not only a fun focal point, but an interesting conversation piece. Whether your patio is in need of sprucing up with furniture, like the darling butterfly garden bench, or your children

Butterfly Bench Garden

The butterfly bench, one of our most elegant and sculptural pieces, exemplifies the best outdoor furniture, evoking the beautiful lines of nature in the clean texture of metal. Though often imitated, the Cricket Forge butterfly bench has never been replicated. Our standard for quality and design stands above the rest.
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Butterfly Bench Garden

The creative vision of Cricket Forge is clearly stated in each and every piece of metal yard art we make. Cricket Forge’s Butterfly Bench, our very first bench design, is now known as our signature piece. This bench is available in three sizes and continues to be our best seller. Our metal yard art furnishings, garden benches and sculpture grace many private and public gardens throughout the United States.
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The Butterfly Garden of HOPE is a memorial to those who have died, a symbol of hope to the living and a place of comfort for the grieving.  It is located on the lawn between Onondaga Lake and the Parkway in Liverpool, New York.
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“They saw how you take a big lump of brown clay and end up with that beautiful art bench at the end,” Stewart says. “It was a lot of fun, but they also stuck with it even when it wasn’t fun anymore.”
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The challenge brought everyone together around the shared goal, which opened the door for some happy memories. 4-H advisor Stewart recalls an afternoon when the group visited Turula’s studio to make ceramic tiles, and they had time to wait while glaze dried. Everyone sat under a big tree in the yard and had a picnic. The only thing missing was a nice bench.