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MsChief-Gps_y



Joined: Jan 16, 2004
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Location: Lower Mainland

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:53 am    Post subject: Free the Bench... almost freed! Reply with quote

GC1B45F - Peaceful activism can pay off!

Too bad the timing is that the cache had to be temporarily disabled.
The years of campaigning have paid off. But sadly it looks like the poor lamp gets no reprieve.
Will probably archive Free the Bench as it has served its purpose and have planned a new cache to celebrate justice restored!

www.bclocalnews.com/su...42003.html
Quote: " This summer, the bench became the subject of a series of “interbenchions,” where guerilla artists swept in undetected and dressed up the bench and surrounding area. The first time, the anonymous public art enthusiasts injected some comfort, adding throw pillows, blankets, and tables with flowers and books to the area.
Other displays followed, such as a Christmas in July display, complete with a tree, faux chimney and gifts, and a pale green Benchasauraus followed soon after (check www.interbenchion.blogspot.com).
But now the incarcerated two-sided bench is about to be sprung from its jail – due to its good behaviour – and will soon be relocated.
Before that happens, however, the slatted seating is getting one last makeover.
On Monday (Oct. 17), the public is invited to freshen up the bench with a splash of colour and creativity. The City of Surrey is providing paint and brushes from 2-5:30 p.m."
Thanks to everyone who cached it and cared....

The bench's blog: www.interbenchion.blogspot.com/
(the cache would have been listed on the blog but for it's forced 'disablement'. lol

June 17, 2011 article:
www.bclocalnews.com/su...36294.html

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katcogo



Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 543
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:10 am    Post subject: Re: Free the Bench... almost freed! Reply with quote

My goodness! I didn't realize how famous that bench was. I had been waiting for the cache to be reactivated so I could take a look for myself. Hope we can see pictures of the newly painted bench and it's new location. It is amazing what creative people can accomplish through persistence and humour.
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MsChief-Gps_y



Joined: Jan 16, 2004
Posts: 262
Location: Lower Mainland

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Free the Bench... almost freed! Reply with quote

I made it to the Free the Bench event yesterday afternoon. The bench was almost completely painted over by then but I did find one last good spot and wrote 'Geo-caching Cared' on it for all of us.
When I figure out how to post a photo here I will do so. Probably go to Free the Bench cache page and upload some there.
There were reps from City Hall from Engineering and Heritage Planning as well as one of the Interbenchion blog people. Hot chocolate, lots of paint and pens and laughter. Now that it is commemorated, it will be shellacked and removed to its new home. They are 98% sure where. Planning a cache for it.
The Province newspaper was there taking photo's so something might be in it.
Nice to see the bench on its way to freedom... the lamp stays. And yet sorry to see this quaint bit of fun ending.

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