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Bench at Chalmer’s Close

Michael Davidson

The bench is simply the provision of a place to stop and rest and acts as an anchor point for gap/site: a sound piece by Rob St John and Tommy Perman.


Unusually, the gap site between Chalmers Close and North Gray’s Close allows a great deal more sunshine throughout the afternoon and so this position, back against against the stone gable of Trinity Apse is something of a suntrap in summer months to be exploited. Offering a nice spot to sit in the relative calm between the Royal Mile and Jeffrey Street, it is tucked into a niche formed by the remnants of the footprint of a porch of the new Trinity Kirk, demolished in 1964.


Designed to be simple and unobtrusive, the bench touches the historic fabric of the Close lightly.


The bench is constructed from Siberian Larch timbers with threaded steel fixings and a cantilever from two leg brackets.