Bench Art and Murals

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Bench Art Advertising on Tybee Island
Bench Art Advertising on Tybee Island | Source

Tybee Island Mural

Mural at Tybee Island Pavillion
Mural at Tybee Island Pavillion | Source

Painted Lifeguard Benches

Lifeguard Benches are Hand Painted
Lifeguard Benches are Hand Painted | Source

Murals and Hand Painted Benches Give Tybee Island, GA a Unique Flair

Most of the benches around Tybee Island, Georgia, are hand painted by local artist and sign painter Leonard the Sandman. The brightly colored benches greet visitors as they drive along Highway 80 and cross over onto this island that's just 20 minutes from Savannah. But the benches have a greater function than just beautifying this quaint beach town. They are the most economical and strategic way for local businesses to place advertisements, costing around $70 per painted bench and an additional $30 to $50 in monthly fees. Bench ads are very effective because they are on display 24 hours a day year-round, are repeatedly seen by drivers, bikers and pedestrians and target local consumers including residents and tourists.

Tybee Island also has lifeguard benches that are hand painted in bright colors and the beach pavilion has large murals on it of marine animals, including sea turtles. The murals help remind tourists that sea turtles need protection in order to ensure their survival.

Tybee Island Mural

Mural at Tybee Island Pavillion
Mural at Tybee Island Pavillion | Source

Local Boyscouts Team up with Local Artists for Charity Fundraiser

What could be better than a painted bench project designed to bring local artists together with local business sponsors to build a stronger sense of community while also providing residents with a beautiful and creative place to sit? You guessed right if you answered, "auctioning off the benches for a charity fundraiser." Three towns in Illinois worked together to do just that. Businesses from the communities of Lake Villa, Lindenhurst and Antioch sponsored 34 benches which are scheduled to be auctioned off on Nov. 5, 2011. The benches were designed by local architect Pat Gallagher, assembled by local Boy Scouts and made available to local artists to paint, decorate and embellish. The fundraiser was kicked off during Lake Villa's Memorial Day parade when all of the benches were paraded through town on flatbed trucks. After the parade the benches went to temporary homes in Lake Villa, Lindenhurst and Antioch where they will be on display until the auction. More information about the benches can be obtained at www.llvfinearts.com.


Set of Hand Painted Benches in a Front Yard

A Friendly House by the Side of the Road
A Friendly House by the Side of the Road | Source
With a Friendly Welcome For You
With a Friendly Welcome For You | Source

Hand Painted Benches Can Brighten Your Yard

Hand painted benches can brighten any yard or garden and can be a perfect summer project for a family to work on together. Family members can participate according to their talents, skills and ages. Young children can suggest colors and designs and with adult supervision, older children can help build, paint and decorate the bench. Pre Assembled benches can make this project even easier. If you have a large yard you might also consider letting each child decorate and/or build their own bench and display it in their own section of the yard. Another option is to have a unifying theme for multiple benches, such as a set based on the Goldilocks and the Three Bears nursery rhyme where benches of varying sizes can be built, decorated and displayed.

For those who are less artistically inclined, simply painting or purchasing white benches and stenciling on a saying or simple design can be very effective.

Bench Art Can Add Beauty to Any Community

In summary, bench art and murals can add beauty and distinction to any community and can be good for local businesses who can use them for advertising purposes. When local sponsors and organizations work together, they can also make good community projects that can raise money for charities.

Bench art can also beautify individual yards and building and decorating them can be a great family project.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Gail,

First of all I love Tybee Island..Spent many a days on the beach when I lived in sounth Ga.

I love the painted benches..adds so much beauty to ones yard. Thank you for sharing a great hub today.

God bless,

Sunnie


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie, seeing your smiling face is always such a bright way to start my day. I can see why you would have visited Tybee Island a lot when you lived in Georgia. Hubby and I heard about it when Miley Cyrus was filming "The Last Song" and we went for a day trip the next time we were in Hilton Head Island. Those painted benches were the first thing I saw and I fell in love with Tybee on first site! Hubby read on the beach while I biked all over town snapping photos of wild life and artistic murals, signs and benches. I was surely in heaven that day!

When The Last Song came out, I relived the bliss and also learned about the beloved sea turtles on the island.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and that it brought back fond memories for you.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Painted benches are a beautiful idea for decorating a town or a garden - I love the ones you've photographed! The painted benches as fund raisers seems like a much better idea than some of the very strange painted horses and other animal statues I've seen in some towns, too! Thanks for an interesting and lovely hub. Voted up and beautiful!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

It really is amazing how much character the benches and murals can give a town or yard. Glad you liked my photographs! I finally learned how to upload photos directly from my digital camera into my computer so hopefully I'll be using more of my original photos in the future.

I favor the idea of painted bench projects as town fundraisers too, as the benches are good to look at and also very functional. Nothing more welcoming than a brightly decorated bench when your legs are tired from walking.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

What a wonderful hub with beautiful photos. I am so intrigued with Tybee Island now. I had never heard of it but I think I need to put it on my list of places to visit. Thanks so much for bringing this wonderful art of painted benches to light. What a fantastic and beautiful way of advertising in a community. Much better than billboard signs! Thanks for sharing this.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cardelean,

Tybee Island really is a wonderful little beach town and I'm sure the kids would love it. There's also a Marine Science Center in the town.

Glad you liked my photos. I finally learned how to upload photos from my digital camera onto my computer which will make it a whole lot easier using my own photos in the future.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Thanks so much for such a Lovely and Informative Hub on Tybee Island. I Loved the Photos too. I adore the Hand Painted Benches, they are so whimsical...Makes me want to own one.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b. Malin,

Glad you enjoyed the photos and the hub. The day I spent on Tybee Island riding my bike, walking the beach and snapping these pictures was magical. The town has so many artists and there is whimsy wherever you go.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great looking vacation spot! Love the hand painted benches and really like the idea of them being utilized for charity auctions. We had the cowparade in Houston to raise funds for charity some years ago and while fun to look at (that we did!) they are certainly not as functional. Thanks. Voted up and beautiful.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

What a beautiful area and I love all the painted benches and other art work. What a great place for a vacation. Awesome hub.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Did you do a hub about the cow parade? Sounds like a lot of fun but you're right, not as functional as the benches are on a long term basis.

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and vote it up.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela,

So glad you enjoyed this hub. Yes, Tybee Island is beautiful and less than 30 minutes from Savannah, so if you enjoy city life you can have the best of both worlds. Hope you get a chance to go there someday.


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Lovely. Which we had this in Southern California. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Outstanding pictures. THe art reminds me of the artwork that the artist Wyland does. He paints ocean scenes on buildings, walls, and other media. Such and interesting way to have a fundrasier!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a marvelous hub and community builder. Your pictures are great too. I love the Goldilocks and 3 Bear idea for several benches.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Alocsin,

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and leave a comment. Am glad you enjoyed it. Maybe you, or someone you know could be the one to start such a project in Southern California.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Great to see you here, A.A.,

Thanks for taking time to leave such an informative comment. I'll have to look up Wyland's work, sounds like I'd like it.

btw, I've been cracking up reading the back and forth comments that you and mcb have been leaving on Sunnie's lighthouse hub. You guys are so funny!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Truckstop Sally, great to see you here.

Appreciate your taking time to read and comment on my hub. I hope I'll have my camera with me if I ever actually see a Goldilocks and the Three Bears set of benches. Or perhaps a fellow hubber will help us out and post pictures of a set like that after they make them. That would seem like a natural fundraiser for a daycare center or children's theatre.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We're planning a deck on the front of our home, so maybe we'll use this painted bench idea.

Cool Hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Wow, that would be awesome, WillStar. If you do, you'll have to create a hub that could showcase your unique bench. Good luck with the deck and thanks for stopping by and leaving a cool comment.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

How I love your hubs and combined with so many beautiful pictures they are a joy !!

This one awesome/beautiful/up !!

Here's to so many more hubs to share.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eiddwen,

Sometimes it feels like you're my soul sister across the great Atlantic Ocean. We may live on different continents but we seem to share a love of nature, and we seem to cope with grief through writing. And we sense a closeness to our departed loved ones. It's a blessing that we can feel their presence deep within our hearts and somehow still experience a zest for life and reverence for our beautiful surroundings.

Yes, I'm looking forward to sharing many more hubs.

God Bless & Take Care,

Gail


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Gail - this beautiful hub makes me want to run out, pick up a bench and begin painting! I am saving this in my bookmarks. And what life-like photos you take. Wow!

Rated up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

Thank you soooooo much. :)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vocalcoach,

Thanks so much for the vote up and your ongoing support of my hubs. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and got some inspiration from it.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I'm behind on my hub reading - how have I missed the hubs you've written the past couple weeks, they have been wonderful reads.

Glad you have learned to upload your photos, you do take nice pictures.

Voted up and beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

So glad you like the photos and I've really been having a lot of fun taking them and instantly uploading and cropping. Keep remembering how long it used to take back in the days when we used real film and how expensive development was.

Thanks for the vote up and all your support. It's really appreciated.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Thailand

I like this idea, it is a good way to brighten the area, provide advertising for businesses and pocket money to young entrepreneurs!

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and awesome.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very clever and beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing this one. Votes way up and sharing as well.


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

Excellent hub and beautiful scene. interesting voted. thanks


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Brett.tesol,

Thanks so much for your specific review, the vote up, share, pinning and tweet. Your support is greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi dghbrh,

Thanks for the kind review, vote up and share. They're greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Virtualit,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your kind words and the vote up.

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