Fancy ‘art’ benches installed downtown – Napa, California

Art Benches in Downtown NapaThis bench, near Eiko’s Restaurant on First Street, is one eight benches that are being installed in downtown Napa. They are made by artist Eric Powell from recycled cast iron bookends from the Goodman Library. PHOTO J.L. Sousa/Register

The benches were made by Berkeley artist Eric Powell using decorative cast-iron bookends originally made for Napa’s Goodman Library on First Street at its 1902 opening. The bottom portions are made from eucalyptus robusta, an Australian hardwood prized for its durability and rot resistance.

“The response from business owners and the public has been very positive,” said city Planning Manager Ken MacNab. “The benches are unique and distinctive and are a great addition to the downtown streetscape.”

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