INK Bench ~ 2730 N

This elaborate bench was created by Matthew Byrd and sits outside the front door of INK Eats & Drinks.

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Byrd is a Sacramento mixed media artist who works in metal, wood, paint, and more (1). He has a Flickr gallery with photos of some of his painting/sculptures and in the photos you can see how he brings in 3-dimensional aspects to his paintings. Here is a photo of the artist with some of his other works.

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Turns out I’d already seen some of Byrd’s work last fall when he had a show at The Urban Hive. The Urban Hive is a co-working community here in Sac and I was working there at the time. A number of Byrd’s paintings were hung along the large brick wall.

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The metal sculpted flower in the photo above is one of my favorite elements of the bench. I also like the array of colorfully painted images sculpted into the back.

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The overall effect is very cool, and there are many smaller details to notice. Like this ship…

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The Koi fish and the eye just above it….

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Pac Man, blazing heart, checkered flag…

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Cherries, knife, sun, star….

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Dragon…

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The star on the arm rest…

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And this random wrench….

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The bench fits perfectly with INK’s style and energy, and creates a bright, colorful spot on the corner of the block.

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Title: (unknown)
Artist: Matthew Byrd
Date: 2010
Media: Metal, Paint
Location: Ink Eats & Drinks, 2730 N Street


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(1) http://www.flickr.com/people/matthewdavidbyrd/

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