Benches by the Bay Artist Honors Celebrate Water

The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center celebrates all things fall with their 2018 Harvest Festival/Car Show & Street Art Auction on September 15. This year’s art auction features the 2018 Benches by the Bay project. Twenty-five weather resistant benches were created and displayed throughout Sturgeon Bay all summer. Now is your chance to own one of those benches!

The auction will take place at Martin Park starting at 5 pm. One of the available benches was created to honor the Celebrate Water initiative. Artist Robert Soukup created “Falling Water,” sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. Its home throughout the summer was outside Bliss.

Soukup talks about the bench and his inspiration in his artist statement below:

“I was approached by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center about “Celebrate Water Door County” and how great it would be if I would incorporate water into this year’s bench design as a kick off to this event.

Over the past year I have been working with recycled tempered glass and, through trial and error, found a way to bend tempered glass that created the illuminated focal point of the bench.

The bench itself, along with the water reservoir and the pedestal that holds the glass sculpture, is constructed out of glass fiber reinforced concrete. The three pieces are relatively lightweight and can fit together in a variety of ways to work in anyone’s landscape.

Grooves in the bench were done by casting the concrete over bamboo poles along with pieces of glass that are illuminated with LED lights. Water goes through this tapered cylinder sculpture of glass and falls over a light source that is in the center causing a cool effect at night.

Tempered glass is laminated with resin and then hit very hard on the edge of the glass causing it to shatter, but it remains together and can be bent before the resin completely hardens. The process makes the glass sculpture very durable but I would recommend that it be removed for the winter.

I hope that the person or organization that purchases this bench enjoys it in the spirit that it was created and is able to “Celebrate Water” and Door County artists.”


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