Walking through the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard recently, I happened across a most unusual sight. Tucked into the corner of Ballard Corners Park, a small little pocket park on the corner of 17th Ave NW and NW 62nd, I spotted a comfy looking sofa and armchair with a small table and lamp. It looked for all the world like someone’s living room transplanted into the great outdoors. At first I thought someone was in the process of moving house, but could see no sign of moving vans around. I ambled over for a closer look and realised the entire living room set was actually made of concrete.
It is the work of local stone mason and concrete artist, Nathan Arnold and provides the most delightful alternative to a park bench. I couldn’t resist taking a little time out to sit and watch the birds play from the confines of the concrete couch – it was surprisingly comfy!