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McChesney unwraps new granite benches at King's Cross

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Ian McChesney has completed his competition-winning benches at King’s Cross’ Granary Square

The eight 8m-long benches, which are arranged around the square’s fountains, have been carved from granite.

Each bench weighs around 4 tonnes and has been manufactured from five individually machined blocks connected together with a combination of adhesive and tension bars.

McChesney, said: ‘My relationship with Cornish Granite was formed over many hours walking on the cliffs and moors of Cornwall, it has been used extensively throughout the last century on a range of major infrastructure projects. It felt like an appropriate material to use for the benches which, I wanted to be long lasting and permanent features in Kings Cross for years to come.’ 

He added: ‘The aesthetic of the benches borrows from the eroded quality of naturally occurring granite boulders resulting in smooth, curvaceous and comfortable forms, I’d been looking a lot at granite rock forms in the landscape and the way that they had been slowly carved and polished by the elements over millions of years.  I wanted to borrow something from this aesthetic. While granite is a very hard material, carving it to smooth curvaceous forms can still make it a comfortable and inviting material on which to sit and relax’. 

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