Frequent shop visitor (and ingenious engineer) Roger Davis sent us the picture above, snapped by his son, Ian.
“Here’s the (meager) back story,” Davis wrote:
“There’s been a big kerfuffle about tree cutting in Cambridge for a while, including trying to disallow ALL tree cutting. They changed some things recently to allow for tree cutting when there’s, ya know, a big tree about to fall on a too-close building. And this is the result. Which is good. But I also just love that they took the time to Frankenstein on a chair back. Amazing.”
It is indeed amazing, and, to my eye, amazingly ugly…as a chair. But as street art, I adore it. Now if only someone would yarn bomb the bottom…
20 thoughts on “Streetscape Chair (Ugliest Ever?)”
It needs a sheep skin
It was actually meant to be an entire chair. But when they tried to figure out how to make the bottom half, they were stumped
Ummmm, Cambridge, to far north for a good chainsaw artist. Too bad really.
I think chain saw owners have to register with someone.
Well…at least the under carriage looks sturdy!
If you had told us this was outside the LAP storefront, I’d have believed you. Of course, the spindles would have been shaved ash.
There are (were?) a couple more along the Somerville Community Path between Davis and Cedar.
Inspired by that underhatchet guy on instagram.
I think you’re right!
I’d like it a bit better if the superstructure was painted and the seat hollowed. Could someone put a foot rest on it as well because it appears to barstool height. 😉 >
I would not enjoy saddling that end grain.
Look at the seat. It has a very nice, subtle pommel. Most chairmaker over exaggerate the pommel, but not this one.
The rake and splat of the two end spindles are a little off, though.
As tradition has been completely thrown out the window use an arbor tech woodcarver.
Thank you for this, esp. fun to learn about yarn bombing!
I think this picture deserves the subtitle, Another version of “How to Make a Chair from a Tree”
More like how to make a tree from a chair.
Quite theft proof and for a number of years will stand up to parking mishaps
When parking up here, we have a three bump rule. With a big enough vehicle, that could have a short life.
I was always taught that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In that spirit, hollow out the seat, enclose it in four walls, a roof and a door with a crescent moon cut-out and you’ll have improved its looks (hiding it) and functionality.
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