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Primark Benches | by Alan Stanton
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Primark Benches

Though not actually benches but wide window ledges on the huge Primark Store at 499-517 Oxford Street, W1K 7DA.

 

At first glance the line of mannequins in the store window display made me think of people queuing for buses. Except that the mannequins seem to be identical and none of them looks at a mobile phone.

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I liked the way the store windows mirror Oxford Street.

 

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Useful & possibly interesting links

§ The Bench Project - How people use odd places. A project by the Young Foundation with lead researchers and report authors Radhika Bynon and Clare Rishbeth.

§ Report Published November 2015: Benches for everyone: Solitude in public, sociability for free. (Link downloads a free PDF file.)

§ Guardian article by Maryam Omidi, 12 June 2014 Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture'.

§ A memorial bench on Hampstead Heath in London has words by the Iranian poet Parviz Owsia. They read:

"I was born tomorrow

Today I live

Yesterday killed me"

The poet Benjamin Zephaniah was commissioned by The Bespoke Film Company to write a poem inspired by the inscription. in a short film he performs his poem on the Heath.

'Bench' by Benjamin Zephaniah was broadcast by Channel 4 TV.

§ More bench links here.

 

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Taken on August 21, 2016