Friday, February 26, 2010

Teak benches

I thought it strange that this Supreme Court Building employee was collecting the ashtrays from the 14 benches in the foyer. Ashtrays??

It left a strange empty hole.
Our guide explained that when the architects of the building were designing the furniture (yes, that too!) back in the 1980s, there were still no laws against smoking in public places.
Maybe nowadays people throw their chewing gum there instead of cigarette butts. Or whatever.
In any case, the man had a cleaning job to do.
All of the 14 benches in the niches are made of Burmese teak.
Our guide said that in 2010 that would not work. Today we are allowed to purchase only farmed (plantation) teak and not wood from original growth trees.
If you missed Monday's post on the benches inside the courtroom, you can look here.
These smooth and elegant benches are a contribution to RuneE's "Bench on Friday," where bench-lovers from around the world converge. You are invited too.


GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Something creative like a plant to go in the holes would be good. Perhaps a teak plug in a contrasting finish. At any rate, the benches are stunning, strangely empty. I'll have to read more and find out why you were there!!!!


VP said...

I love the first image, these are some of the most elegant and poshest benches seen around!

Sailor Girl said...

Wonderful benches!!!!

(thanks for dropping by and sorry for my absence...)


RuneE said...

That last photo was impressive - as was the architect's work. I hope that the number of benches do not reflect the number of cases waiting for trial...

Louis la Vache said...

Excellent choice for the bench meme.

«Louis» likes the geometry of the arches at the top - they give a nice rhythm to your composition.

Virginia said...

The arches are fabulous and I think those smooth teak benches might be fun to sit on! What a building!!

Virginia said...

Perhaps the top shot could be titled: Two Benches and a Bum??? :)

Jørgen Carlsen said...

I like the photos - the light is fantastic. It is indeed good that smoking now is forbidden at many places.

moneythoughts said...

I once went to our local Federal Court Room in show of support for a friend that had "business" there. The high ceiling, wood paneling and large room made me feel that I was in the presence of serious business. I was only a visitor and yet I felt the weight of that court on my heart.

Love your photos of the benches and the building. It is truly something I would love to experience.

Kay said...

I have to say that is the most beautiful bench I've ever seen. It's just magnificent!

Leif Hagen said...

Those teak benches are beyond awesome!

Paulie said...

Absolutely beautiful! AND I thought my selection for this week was stunning. . . maybe ours are a tie with beautiful benches contest. Ü Thanks for dropping by my bench blog . . . Gosh, I just realized I m using the name for my main blog. . . I am my initials on my bench blog: PERBS

Reader Wil said...

These benches are very beautiful! Sorry I have not enough adjectives to describe my feelings when I see these photos.