The bench is directly inspired by the rich history of the area. The design takes the opportunity to revive some of this history and celebrate the buildings that took part in shaping it into the vibrant city district it is today. East India House and the little shopfronts along Leadenhall Street have since been demolished, but through the Ghost Bench these memories become part of the city streetscape once more. Special thanks to Architecture Initiative for the support and FP McCann for their expertise and help with the casting process.
This bench is one of ten new benches across the City of London - five in Cheapside and five in the Eastern Cluster - and result of a design competition organised by the London Festival of Architecture, the City of London Corporation and Cheapside Business Alliance in 2018. They showcase London’s brilliant emerging architects and designers, and are a public gift that help the City remain an exceptional place to live, work and visit.
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14-15 Royal Exchange EC3V 3LL