OP & NED has designed Helsingør’s unique city bench: the ship screw bench.
The bench is designed according to exact measurements of the most common ship screws that were manufactured at Helsingør Shipyard 1882-1983.
The idea of developing benches from ship screws is to give children and adults, permanent residents and tourists in Helsingør an idea of the actual size of the screws and thereby make history more present.
The installations connect Helsingør districts and create a coherent story across the city, whose roots are in shipping.
The process behind the bench is an important part of its history:
The wood for the benches is produced at Veksebo Sawmill from oak timber from Jægerspris Forests. Timber that was planted with a view to building a new Danish fleet, after the previous one was stolen by the English in 1807 (Robbery of the Navy)
As is well known, a new Danish oak raft was not needed for 200 years after, since its own had fully grown, but the beautiful tree has found another way of life, among other things in the ship’s screw benches on Helsingør’s square.
Several of the former shipyard workers have also helped produce the benches in Helsingør’s ship’s workshop, hall 16. So their hands have been allowed to produce another ship’s screw in their old age.
Children have taken part in the opening of the benches. They had to hear stories about life as a shipyard worker and tell their family and friends about why the benches have the shape they do. A task that has been taken very seriously among the youngest in Helsingør.
PATENTED DESIGN IN DEMAND
The ship screw benches are the epitome of a children’s public room element for us. The whimsical shape, the sloping sides and the uneven shapes make the element a magnet for children to play and rest on.
There aren’t many children who walk past the bench who don’t want to touch it or climb on it.
The bench also has an inviting surface in clean, soft oak or painted pine. It smells good when it is wet and the corten steel gives a nice rusty finish.
The idea with the benches is as simple as it is original, and we have therefore experienced great demand for these benches from many other port cities. Contact us if you would also like maritime benches/public space installations on T: 28 86 96 56
Note that the design is patented to OP & NED ApS.
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