Public Realm Improvement project
Fallen Leaves is a series of benches scattered around Rectory Lane Cemetery, Great Berkamstead. Taking inspiration from the context and natural surroundings, this proposal creates a series of leaf-shaped seats, which animate the cemetery, each with a different identity yet part of the same family.
The leaves are in some instances skeletal and frame-like and in others more solid. They function as bench seating or canopies and are fixed onto solid plinth bases. Each bench seat accommodates different uses, encourages visitor interaction and facilitates for a range of activities/users (dog walking, children games, views, resting, reading, listening to information, cyclist etc)
The leaves and plinths come in a number of variations. The leaves are made as metal frames, sometimes exposed and sometimes covered with water resistant tensile fabric or perforated metal panels. The plinths are solid and robust and made from concrete or brick.