Mitch Ryerson’s Dancing Benches near the Sacramento Street sidewalk signal the start of the short walk to the gate that leads our way to workshops and studio classes at MMVA whenever art centers can open up again. Meanwhile, these two benches have led my way to learn how many other enticing outdoor structures have come out of Ryerson Design. (For more about how the Dancing Benches and other artwork for MMVA came to be, see PCA overview of the original project.)
That led me to revisit and discover the wonders this artist has worked with wood (i.e., white oak, black locust) and other materials (copper, steel, stone, granite, concrete) to build structures that are useful, engaging, and beautiful. For example:
Until playgrounds open again, I will refrain from showing too many tempting spaces. Instead, for now, I’ll urge you to explore and enjoy all categories of the artist’s website, including Process with models and drawings for Dancing Bench.
“Artist/designer Mitch Ryerson works with wood, metal, and other materials to create sculptural installations and fine furniture. Dynamic play structures that spark the imagination. Outdoor seating that invites rest and contemplation. Boldly designed custom tables, chairs, and cabinets. His work is thoughtful, imaginative, and inviting.” ( quote from Ryerson Design website.)
Mitch Ryerson, along with Lori Lander, received the 2014 Maud Morgan Spirit Award “to celebrate the ways that the visual arts bring people together.”