that’s ‘spring’ as in springs of water, but it’s the right time of year to venture into the hidden beauty of the yorkshire wolds and perhaps discover a poem or two whilst you’re at it.
part of the ‘wander’ project, six benches designed and built by angus ross and featuring a poem sequence by john w clarke were installed last year at spots along the wolds way. we were delighted to be invited to design the typographic setting of the poems.
this seemed to be a project that required a simple approach in harmony with the bench designs, the spirit of the poetry and the landscape setting. our solution was sturdy flowing lines of sans-serif text with hedera’s picked out in red marking the line breaks – this enabled us to make use of the length of the bench slats and have the text large enough to catch the eye of passers-by.
the benches are constructed from steam-bent english oak and designed to weather into the landscape. james and i wandered in search of some of them last autumn hoping to capture the process of the oak silvering and the etched text softening into the material, these photos by james are from that stroll.
there’s a little more about the project here in the Yorkshire Post including a nice pic of one of the benches featuring etched back rest slats with John waiting for the muse to appear.