Monday, 2 October 2017

Wild animal benches for World Animal Day

October 4th is World Animal Day.

We found old Noah on his bench in the park

and asked if he'd advise us on loading the ark.

It rained so long that we thought Crikey!
A flood of biblical proportions looks likely.

Though rounding up animals is quite a chore
Noah knew how - he'd done it before.

So the Fribble lads and the Drizzly wenches
set out to save our animal benches.

Wenches is a silly word. Is it just here to rhyme with benches? Editor

The big ones went first:  the tigers

the cows

the zebra

the buffalo

the sun bear

the sows.

©Pamela Silin-Palmer 2013

Noah referred to his Ancient Ark Planner
and asked them to wait in an orderly manner.

The wolves howled their protest

The owl was a screecher

but we wanted to save each precious creature.

Dubious rhyme here, Seashell. Do sort yourself out. Editor.

The foxes

photo by Joanna Michalak

the horned frog

the bunnies

©Pamela Silin-Palmer 2013

the sheep

each animal bench we wanted to keep.* 

*Except snakes. I hate snakes.

The squirrel bench

and peacock

we put on the boat, along with the wombat


and goat.

What about pandas? I'd like to see a panda bench. Editor

Also, we could do without mosquitos. 

There was space for the badgers

a place for the frogs

adorable monkeys

and a couple of dogs.

Some were wood

and some were stone

some were skeletons

and some were bone.

That's lucky. Those dogs will need something to eat on the ark. Ed.

There were lots of lovely paw benches saved

though some of the dogs were not well behaved.

You could take off some of those dogs and save a panda.  Ed.

What's with the pandas? They get enough publicity as it is. 

What about dragonflies?

What about bats?*

*It seems to have escaped your notice that these are baseball bats. Ed.

Centipedes matter!

and so do cats.

There's space for a rabbit

and a lizard, of course

we can fit in a deer

and another nice horse.

So why no panda then? Why two horses and no panda? Ed.

We can fit in a snail if it's not very big

Here's a cool salamander

and some lovely pink pigs.

We couldn't find spiders or chickens or drakes

What about reptiles?

No way am I googling benches and snakes. 

We'll need some bald eagles 

And a hippo for luck

Here's a nice juicy turkey

And here is a duck. 

I think you'll find this is a platypus. 

Also that turkey is not really a turkey, is it? IS IT?

Maybe not but it's so cute I thought it ought to be on the ark.

Do get on with it, Seashell. 

OK then, a crocodile bench, if you really insist

and a lovely giraffe that we just about missed

Here's a beautiful camel that will really enchant us

and last but not least, a praying mantis.

Enchant us and mantis is a terrible rhyme. Ed.

I know. It's a half rhyme.

No, it isn't. It's just rubbish.

What about leprechauns?


What about rats?


What about unicorns?


And trolls?

                                              Kelly Riley @ coyoterimstudios          

And bats?

We've already done bats. Ed

Rats then. 2020 is the Year of the Rat.

Rats to that. 

Trolls and leprechauns should go on The Ark shouldn't they?

No. Trolls and leprachauns do not exist. 

That's because they didn't make it onto The Ark.

Unicorns do not exist either.

I beg your pardon. Ursula is our Unicorn-in-Residence here in Fribble-under-Par. She's a peace campaigner, a romantic, and a lover of ice cream.

I have only one thing to say to that. Ed 


Wait! A couple more camels were found in the park!

We need to ensure they are saved in the ark. 

It's pretty crowded though.

I wonder how many chameleons have snuck on?

Is that it?

That's it. That's the ark full, with all the animal benches loaded.

What about snakes?

Oh, alright, here's one.

What about pandas? 

Sorry, couldn't find one. They're very elusive you know.

And what happened to the rhyme? 
It seems to have become as extinct as the dodo.

Best I can do. 

Hasn't Noah done a marvelous job rounding up all these animal benches?

In celebration of all animals 
on World Animal Day 2017

( Including pandas)

And here is a Panda Banquette with all the pandas you could possibly need.


Isn't Noah splendid? I found him in the RSPCA charity shop. As the shop helps to rescue thousands of animals every day, I just knew this was Noah and I couldn't wait to write a blog about him. Some people have expressed concern that he is smoking a pipe and of course smoking is bad for health and October is Stoptober month. However, as Noah is several milennia old now, I don't think this is a problem. 

I found the boat bench far from the sea in a beautiful walled garden high on the hill overlooking Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. More boat benches are rocking up at 

The white Siberian tiger bench is from Asian Replicas, who make a huge variety of lifesize statues and furniture in the Philippines   Elsewhere on Benchsite you will find their edible benches such as tacos and ice creams. You could also have pizza bench, a cake bench, or a chicken and chips bench. Their extensive catalog is at

The cow bench was photographed by Ralf Lotys in Kothen, Anhalt in 2007. Kothen is a city in Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. The cow bench appears in Wikimedia at  Let Lord Brassica, Fifth Earl of Drizzly, show you the cream of bovine benches.

The zebra is from Jolly Roger Ltd. Lifesize Models in the UK.  They have thousands of quality resin and fibre-glass 3D life-size models, figures, signs, statues, props, furnishings, etc. Their showroom has over 2000 themed models, which include animals, people, and everything from counter-top coffee beans to fullsize elephants. Their Facebook page shows some of the models in amazing situations  You will also find them talked about on Twitter

The splendid buffalo bench is from Papillion, Nebraska, photographed by Jimmy Emerson in 2012. He also photographed the delightful horned frog bench in Springerville, Arizona in 2010.  Jimmy lives in Georgia and likes to photograph county courthouses and post offices. He hopes to visit all 3,143 counties or county equivalents in the United States and from the looks of his photostream, he's made a very good start.

The sunbear is known for having an extraordinarily long tongue. The sunbear's tongue bench at Edinburgh Zoo is much photographed. This photo is by Greenzowie at Flickr.  I don't know anything about greenzowie but there are some excellent model shoots on the photostream, as well as glorious landscapes from a wide variety of places. 

The howlin' wolf bench is by Eric Widitz in Fox River Grove, Illinois. Eric is a chainsaw sculptor who makes all kinds of statues and furniture from huge chunks of American wood. A lot of his stuff has a nature theme but he does people as well. See his catalogue and videos of his work at   This bench also appears on Benchsite in a very different context at festivals

There are many splendid bird benches here on Benchsite. Turkeys, for example. And chickens. And roosters, because 2017 is the Year of the Rooster bench. The Great British Bird Bench survey also yielded a lot of brilliant birds, including owls. The Owl Bench is near Bowling Harbour in central Scotland, photographed in 2009 by Lairich Rig. In the background are the Kilpatrick Hills.

The colourful fox and badger bench is near Ryde, Isle of Wight. It was photographed by Joanna Michalak. It is inscribed in loving memory to Eric and Joyce Harris from Stephen and Christine Harris.

Paul Sivell makes intriguing chainsaw sculptures and is inspired by nature, local traditions, and mythology. His distinctive style is well known around the Isle of Wight though he also works throughout the UK and abroad. The badger bench is one of his many functional sculptures (benches!) which can be seen at

The wombat photo is by Mike Cogh, who has an extensive collection of brilliant benches on his Flickr photostream I was delighted to find this wombat just in time for World Animals Day. I can honestly say it's the only wombat bench I have ever seen.  

Pamela Silin-Palmer is a decorative artist, fine artist, and illustrator who now lives in Ireland. She makes magical paintings, greeting cards, dolls, paper products, and glorious hand-painted fantasy furniture. From renaissance rabbits to royal boars, her website is full of fun and fantasy - a real delight!  She provided the pigs and bunny benches in this story. There are loads of sunny bunny Easter benches at

Three Men on a Bench are waiting patiently to enter the ark. They are dressed appropriately as a deer, a pig and a horse. The photo is from Davey Scarycrow, who likes to photograph assemblages, birthday parties on benches, and vintage stuff, including old cars. I think I recognised my old 1976 Ford Fiesta in his photostream at

I've done Sheep Benches before. Oh, indeed I have. With my artist/designer hat on I have even made sheep benches, like this one, entitled Don't B Sheepish 2.

Don't B Sheepish 2, subtitled Bathmat on a Piano Bench, is available for $4,500. Contact Bo-pEEp via this blogspot. No, just joking. Benchsite is non-commercial and always will be. 

The sheep bench shown in this post is one of several bench sculptures called Eastwick Park Farm, made by Rosalie Sherman in 1983 as part of the ongoing Philadelphia Public Art project. It includes a vast array of public art: 846 sculptures, fountains, mosaics, memorials and, of course, benches, scattered all around Philadelphia. There are driving site tours and maps for locating the art. The scale of the Philart project is really quite something and it's being added to all the time.

The Squirrel Bench is near the station at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria. It was photographed by John Illingworth in 2006 for Geograph

The elegant peacock bench is in Jinnah Garden in Lahore, Pakistan. It was photographed in 2010 by Khalid Mahmood

As 2014 is The Year of the Horse, I thought horses ought to have a blog of their own. And so they have. We galloped into the new year with a lot of gorgeous horses. 

Onar Cobanli's company is, which has an amazing range of products, including more than 100 benches. And chaise lounges. And sofas. And chairs. Don't get me started on chairs. He did the Mosquito chair, among many, many others. Born in Istanbul in 1984, Onar studied design in Italy and got a PhD for his research into design competitions. He has featured in many magazines, including Milano Mod in April 2012 (that's him on the cover). For some very tasty Italian benches see

I don't like to get too creepy crawlie here on Benchsite but a couple of summers ago we were abuzz with insect benches for National Insect Week. Grasshoppers, dung beetles, stick insects and of course, bee benches - it's a honey of a story. 

The lovely pawprint benches were photographed by Kate Robertson from Idaho Falls. Kate is the Queen of Creativity. She describes herself as a painter, mixed media artist, weaver, spinner and writer. Besides that, she photographs all kinds of stuff wherever she goes on her creative pursuits. She is a Kaizen-Muse creativity coach and she has loads of ideas on how to get your creative mojo working. She has various blogs; I first saw her at

2015 was the Year of the Goat bench. Erika Crofut from Connecticut made the beautiful goat bench and she has other bright, fun animal benches and sofas on her website at  Erika explains that she has always loved the process of transforming a thought from my head into something physical that can be shared with people . . . My projects are all attempts to interpret and visually articulate ties between history, family, and stories. . .  I use my art to express my amazement and gratitude for how beautiful an average day can be.  

Rusti Lee from Colorado made the cheerful green frog stool. Rusti's shop is at  She makes whimsical handpainted stuff for the home, especially knobs, frames, boxes, and more. I love her painted signs.  

The lovely carved wood Japanese monkey couple are from   If you particularly like monkey benches, or for that matter, dragons, there are plenty of monkeys and dragons at  2016 was the Year of the Monkey so Eddie, my Inner Editor, finally got his say at

I was intrigued when I saw Studio Job, the black and white bench of animal skeletons by Mieke Tacken in Amsterdam. Mieke's photostream shows a real commitment to design: she goes to all the design shows and takes photos of amazing things. Like some other people I know, she seems to have an interest in photographing seating of various kinds. Chairs? There are thousands. And quite a few brilliant benches too.

The two stately Labradors were made by Stephen Huneck, a self-taught sculptor who carved by hand. The Stephen Huneck Gallery is at Dog Mountain, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.  Dog Mountain is set on a 150 acre private mountaintop and is always open to people and their dogs. Its unspoiled haven is covered with hiking trails and dog ponds. There is no leash law on Dog Mountain: dogs are not just welcome here, they are cherished! Dogs are free to run, play, swim and best of all meet other dogs! Stephen's artworks, include paintings, sculptures, books, and a Dog Chapel, "A place where people can go and celebrate the spiritual bond they have with their dogs. It is the largest artwork of my life and my most personal." Stephen died in 2010 but his love of dogs lives on in his artwork.

The stone elephant bench is at Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa in the UK. It was photographed by Ell Brown, who lives in Birmingham and has a HUGE Flickr photostream at    Elliot Brown also photographed the snake bench at the end of the story. It's from the Highgate Playground in Birmingham. I found it just about non-snakey enough to put on the ark. 

Dog benches are very popular here on Benchsite and a dogbone bench comes in handy when you have a lot of hungry dog benches to feed. The Tenino Dogbone bench is from Marenakos in Preston, Washington. They make a variety of granite dogbone and other types of benches.   There are some very nice medical dogs on Benchsite at

The lifted leg dog bench is actually a table: it's called Bad Table. It's one of many flabbergasting designs made by Judson Beaumont at Straight Line Designs Inc. in Vancouver. None of these designs are straight lines; each one throws a wobbly in an entirely different way.

The pretty dragonfly bench is by Cottage and Bungalow and costs $2,260. It's at a small store which offers personal one-to-one service in furniture, quality home furnishings and accessories. Their coastal home products make you want to go out and live on the beach. As for animal benches, they do a stunning blue peacock, a dolphin, and the pretty dragonfly shown here.  For more intriguing insect benches, see what's buzzing for National Insect Week at

I was aware that these are baseball bats rather than animal bats. This bat bench is the suitably named Johnny Bench baseball bench. It's in Cincinnati and was photographed by Tuscola Joe way back in 2003 and made available on the Flickr Creative Commons.  See Miggy's choice of good sport benches at

Louis Henri's Shongololo bench is inspired by his African roots; shongololo is the Zulu word used for centipedes and millipedes. The Shongololo bench has 56 hand-turned walnut legs. Louis Henri Bührmann grew up in South Africa in a family of designers and innovators. He now resides in London where he produces opulent interiors and distinctive designs at his own business  Louis' Twitter is at

The cat bench was made by sculptor Don Drumm, who, in conjunction with Cricket Forge, makes a variety of sculptural pieces for galleries, gifts, and gardens. The cat bench shown here was photographed by Rachel at Ravenwood Curio Shoppe in Jackson, New Hampshire. Rachel has a photostream full of gorgeous images. She loves autumn and there are a lot of beautiful pictures of New Hampshire and pumpkins and Halloween. There are beaches and beach house and surfing and all manner of interesting things at   If you like cats, you'll want to see the purrfect benches I found for World Cats Day. And cats who play the piano? No problem, tune in here. 

Georgia Gerber sculpted the beautiful bronze rabbit. Georgia creates bronze sculpture primarily working with life size animal and human figures, often incorporating architectural or abstract elements with an emphasis on creating accessible public art which encourages viewer interaction. She has an amazing studio and garden at Whidbey Island, Washington. Her bronze sculptures can be seen at    For more sunny bunny benches see

The bright blue mosaic lizard is a street bench in Adelaide, Australia. It was photographed by Dinkum in 2010.

The beautiful bronze garden deer bench is a sculpture from Fine Garden in Orlando, Florida. It is one of their many elegant garden benches made in the USA.  For some truly hyggelig deer benches see

The horse bench is from 3D Rivers, whose mission is to help the internet community meet the growing need for a wide range of well-designed, high quality 3D models and consumer goods products in a constantly changing environment. They offer a huge range of 3D products including things like buildings, transport, everyday objects, characters, model packs, animals, and yes, of course, benches. This Indian-style horse is one of the many different kinds of benches available via their online site at

The snail bench is in Priory Country Park in Bedfordshire. It was photographed by Simon Speed in 2010 and comes from Wikimedia at

The salamander bench is  by Yael Shmueli in Herzliya in Israel. It was photographed by  אבישי טייכר   and appears in Wiki Commons at

The two cheery pink pigs were photographed by Hangcat in Chicago. He's a young photographer who makes the most of his city by capturing quirky features of city life. He does benches too, and graffiti that people write on benches. Hmmmm, that's got me thinking of another post ...

The bald eagle bench was photographed by Travis in Seldovia, Alaska in 2010. The bench artist is Hopkinson.   Travis has moved from pillar to post and is currently studying for a PhD and in the process of attempting to integrate hobbies into a practical future job: scuba diving and photography with archaeology. Good luck with that, Travis. There are plenty of chirpy bird benches at

I have a habit of using grahamc99's photos because he has an eye for great benches and other interesting stuff. And because he's very generous with his photos. His much-photographed hippo looks fabulous from any angle.

Pinké is a native Texan who makes dog happy art, including Churkey - that's Chuck the dog dressed as a turkey for Thanksgiving 2012. Chuck regrets being addicted to salmon dog treats but apparently there aren't any rehab programs available in Houston.

If you like dogs and/or turkeys, there are plenty of great dog benches here on Benchsite and also some turkeys at

Loren Javier lives in LA and photographed the colourful Perry the platypus bench at the Phineas and Ferb exhibition in San Diego in 2011  Loren has an annual pass at Disneyland and he has loads of photos from Universal Studios too, including a whole collection of Norman Bates and the Bates Motel. That's why he's been on Benchsite before; if you want to have the wits scared out of you, see the spine-tingling Halloween post.

The saw-tooth crocodile bench is a little scary. It's in the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, Washington. I don't know if I'd want to sit down on it even if I had shoppers' feet.  Jim Carson from Seattle photographed it in 2009. It's part of his photostream at   Jim's cycling photos of rural Washington, Oregon and Idaho bring back the happy travelling days of my childhood. According to Jim, Wallace, Idaho is the centre of the universe. 

The giraffe bench is one of a range of recycled plastic animal-themed benches made by Playline Design in Devon in the UK. There's also a hedgehog, a dinsosaur and a frog  The business  provides active and imaginative playground equipment for schools, holiday parks and local authorities throughout the UK. They also cater for special educational needs children with a variety of play equipment based around visual stimulation, and sensory items such as sand and water play. 

The gorgeous camel bench was photographed by Hilde Heyvaert at Adventureland in Disneyland, Paris. Hilde's Flickr photostream is called House of Secrets Inc and it certainly is full of secrets and surprises. Hilde lives in Belgium and is described as a steampunk fashionista extraordinaire. She writes for The Gatehouse, a blog about all things steampunk and dieselpunk.

I felt so lucky to find the praying mantis bench, which is from Dragonwood Designs in Pennsylvania. So is the little green turtle bench.
Dragonwood's owner is a professional cabinetmaker/woodworker who designs and makes unique and beautiful furniture and objets d'art from woods such as honduras mahogany, walnut, bubinga, hard maple and German beech. I try to provide an eclectic mixture of meticulously crafted furniture with useful items integrating natural aspects of the materials with which I work. I strive to create the sublime as well as the mundane, furniture and objects which are unique designs and not available anywhere else. That has certainly been achieved with the praying mantis bench; I didn't see one anywhere else! 

Trilby Button is interested in color, texture, illustration, words on walls, and weird hair. Back in 2009 her Second Life avatar got involved in the first of the Unicorn Wars. I’m not certain but I think Trilby was on the Pro-unicorn side.

The camels who just made it onto the ark at the end are from Andy Davison in London. The camel bench-ends were photographed on the London Embankment along the River Thames. Andy's camels are part of a varied photostream which includes ciabatta bread, cats, and lots and lots of football games.

The jumble of animals is called the Cake Stool. It's by brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana at the mind-blowing design company L'arco Baleno. The Cake Stool is described as "an iconic example of the Campana brothers’ signature style" and we see it again with the Panda Banquette at the end of the story. These playful pieces repurpose stuffed animals, which the brothers Campana consider 'a humble, often overlooked material'. The Cake Stool is described as ". . . a poetic, vibrant stool, that plays on the irony in these soft representations of predatory animals. The stuffed animals are hand-sewn onto canvas stretched over a stainless steel structure. Another exemplar of this limited edition of 150 is in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts." The Panda Banquette is is a limited edition of 25. At $44,170 it's the most expensive bench ever featured on Benchsite.

Noah's Ark, fully loaded, is a wooden toy made by Rosario at Ventry Toys in Tralee in Ireland. It was photographed at Ventry harbour and really looks ready to go.

The joke about how many chameleons might have snuck onto the ark is by Adam Hess and is one of the best one liners from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. That's not just me saying so - it's on the official list.

The snake bench was photographed by Elliot Brown at Highgate Park -Adventure Playground in Birmingham.

Kritterville USA makes brightly coloured and very cute benches, chairs and stools. The panda bench was photographed in 2010 and appears in Kritterville's photostream at There are also frogs, beetles, bugs, and a variety of other kritters. 

Eddie, my Inner Editor feels that primates did not get their fair dues in this story so I've agreed, as usual, to let Eddie put up a picture of himself. Here he is last summer with his Factor 500 suncream and everything he needs for a day at the beach.

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