These are the futuristic benches which could greet visitors to Berkhamsted’s Rectory Lane Cemetery.
The three winners were chosen after both a public vote by thousands of people and by the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project Board.
And competition organisers now hope that Lottery funding will see them be turned into real seats in the cemetery.
The overall winner of the £1,000 first prize is Andrew Ingham of London, who designed the ‘Cruciform Bench’.
This was described as, “a nice minimalist design, economical and contemporary, with the cruciform structure hinting at religious influences on the site”. Second place went to the ‘Family Seat’ designed by Ania Khodabakhshian of Iran.
This was described by the panel as, “a potentially beautiful and magical piece, once the structural aspects have been fully developed.”
And third choice was the ‘Human Hive’ – designed by Ivana Linderova of London –seen as, “an attractive feature associated with the beehive and connotations of a complex, interwoven society”.
The competition attracted 52 entries from far and wide including Chile, India, New York, Malaysia and Russia.
James Moir, convenor of the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project, said: “With so many cultural influences informing the designs, the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project has, as part of the Lottery Funded Development Phase of the Project, learnt so much about the possibilities for creating an exciting seat sculpture trail in the cemetery.
“We eagerly await the final decision as to whether the Lottery will be providing the capital funding for the delivery of the project.
“If successful, we shall be investigating the potential for turning the winning entries into real seats.
“Equally, even if a prize has not been won, we may be contacting individual entrants to develop their designs further when we come to plan and install all of the benches on the site.”
He added: “Given the rich variety of entries, it has been a challenging choice and we are sincerely grateful to all participants for sharing their marvelous visions for seating in this sensitive site.”
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