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Meditation Bench

Artist: Glen Rogers (2003)

Meditation Bench is a sculptural chair that is placed on a hill overlooking the park. From afar, the bench appears to be a sculpture, but upon further exploration, one discovers that it is also a private bench to contemplate the view. The inspiration for the form of the bench is drawn from nature, such as a seed pod or leaf. The spiral designs represents a spirit of renewal and the cycle of life. Thus, Meditation Bench is intended to connect the sitter to the environment of Groesbeck Hill Park, and the beauty of the natural forms found in nature. This piece reflects the artist’s study of archetypal symbols from nature and ancient art. She considers shapes such the sprial, circle, and cresent a part of a universal visual language. Inspiration for these geometric forms also comes from ancient pottery and cave walls, which the artist has explored extensively. For the artist, Meditation Bench is both a reference to nature and to past artistic forms.

District: 8

Report a Concern: (408) 793-04330 or publicart@sanjoseca.gov.

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