Connect2 Northampton and the Chronicle & Echo have been asking the public to help choose a collection of three life size figures to be captured in a unifying piece of public artwork. The 2D figures must represent local people, heroes, characters or notable figures. The Portrait Bench will be placed in a beauty spot on the Connect2 cycle route along the River Nene. The winners of the public vote can be viewed here. See examples of other portrait benches below.
The Portrait Bench will be distinctive to the area and aims to:
- Reflect local culture
- Enhance the experience of people using the route
- Become a destination in its own right
- Create a focus for community activity that will help to improve the local environment
- Be made from durable steel that will weather naturally
The scheme is part of Sustrans’ Connect 2 project, which won £50million from a Big Lottery Grant following a public vote in 2007. The project will enhance walking and cycling routes in dozens of areas across the country.
To see how other communities have selected their figures visit our National Projects page.