The RELAX Bench.
And now here I am.
Our first Kickstarter failed...miserably...and the reasons could have been anything from failed promotion, too ambitious of a goal or just poor timing. But we are back and ready to try again. Never give up on your dreams.
What have we changed?
Though we didn't reach our goal, during our promotion for the bench we were fortunate enough to meet and connect with some amazing people.
While meeting some of these people we were able to lower the cost of production for our benches. Our last Kickstarter was created to fund 10 benches at the cost of $1,000-$1,500 dollars a bench. We needed supplies for molds, tools, a shop to work out of, fees to kickstarter and amazon and the potential to create more benches over the course of a year.
We were able to find a shop to work out of.
Tools to use.
And some materials (not all)
We also will be making only 4 benches for 4 sites around the Baltimore City area.
This has made it only $700 each to build our benches this time around and we need your support to help us reach our goal of $5,000.
Just a few images of the gifts our supporters will be receiving. Bumper stickers, T-shirts and posters with the RELAX Bench logo on them.
The main logo that shows a Female enjoying the RELAX Bench. I feel like a flash dance moment is coming at any moment.
Male logo RELAXing.
Pride colors for the RELAX Bench.
Just RELAX Poster design.
If you got through this page, thank you for reading and please support the RELAX Bench movement. We have more info below on how the bench is made, and a mission statement from me, Demi Lashawn.
According to our city benches, Baltimore is The Greatest City in America. While we all know this to be true, I decided to create a charming spin on the city bench. With a background in architecture and industrial design, I hope to bring a little bit of peace and perspective to Baltimore’s bus stops, parks, and sidewalks.
With a purpose of adding a little more art and fun to the city, I see Baltimore as a city on the rise and a thriving arts scene that is quickly moving into the urban cityscape. With projects like the Baltimore Love Project by Micheal Owen, and the world’s largest urban park, currently in development by Richard Best's "Section 1 project” preceding this mission, the bench will be another step in making Baltimore City a design and art hub of the East Coast.
There will only be limited run of these benches with the hope that Baltimore businesses and institutions will take part in investing in something that would add to the identity and growth of Charm City. I will be creating the benches through my Creative Agency, Pet Elephant, which I serve as Founder and Creative Director.
How it’s built
The main priority for these benches is durability, longevity, innovation and clean design.
For durability we used concrete as the base, which is the letters, and treated wood as the seat. To build the letters we have to construct molds out of wood that can be taken apart after the concrete has been poured and dried into them. The concrete will be fiber reinforced concrete so that the letters will be stronger and less likely to crack over time.
The seat will be cut out of a 12’ long 2x4 piece of red wood. The seat will be 6 strips that are 5.5’ long and 1” wide. Each strip will be treated, sanded to a smooth finish and polyurethane and re-sanded 3 times to achieve a glossy feel. The strips will then be bounded together by a foot long screw in 3 different places with 2x2 blocks of wood as spaces.
To connect the letters to the sidewalk we will place anchor screws into the concrete letters so they are sticking out. After each letter is hardened we will be able to place the letters into pre-drilled holes.
The seat will be connected to the letters with screws that will be drilled into the top of the seat, and into the letters.
We want these benches to last for many years and so we’re prepared to take the necessary steps, and go the extra mile to ensure that.
We have secured the locations for these benches and they are
Liam Flynn's ale house in Station North
Morgan State University in north Baltimore
Ottobar in Remington
Midtown BBQ and brew in Mt Vernon
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges when you create something from nothing, especially a project of this nature that can have such a social impact on an entire city. A couple of the biggest for us has been raising the money to get this project off of the ground and the possible regulations that may come with our placement of benches. We've talked with a couple of urban designers who are familiar with city restrictions and we have been cleared to place our benches where our sites are. All that remains now is to find funding for our endeavor, and thats where you come in. Help bring multiple RELAX Benches to the city of Baltimore.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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