Public Art Project:
Wessex Way, Long Wittenham

We were commissioned by Elivia Homes to make a series of unique seats and picnic table for a new housing development in Long Wittenham. 

The designs were inspired by the rich architectural history of the village, particularly the historic oak timber framed cottages. We reflected this in the traditional construction methods and materials that we used. The designs also celebrate the long history of arable crop farming around Long Wittenham, with carved barley and wheat backrests on the seats, and carved beneficial arable crop insects hidden around the picnic table.

oak picnic table with carved mini-beasts
Illustration of a bench with barley backrest
Oak seat with wheat carved on the backrest

We held an Open Workshop for local residents to see how the designs were developed, the benches made, and to see wood carving in progress.

display of how the benches are designed and made
Carving in the workshop
carved woodlouse
carved spider
carved pot beetle
carved earthworm
spider sketch
carved butterfly

Mini-beasts carved in hidden places on the picnic table.

Oak benches in the workshop

 The finished barley and wheat benches in the workshop.


Wheat bench

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oak picnic tables Meadow Lane playground

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