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The Jamaica Pond U-Bench

Weekend weather report:
Friday- 56 degrees
Saturday- 63 degrees
Sunday- 63 degrees

Get yourself out there- enough of the cabin fever! IT’S SPRING!

We’re gonna flip the script for a hot minute for this installment of #kingstonlocal. Allow us to share with you a quirky piece of local Boston history.

See this “bench”? This guerrilla piece of art is located on the “Emerald Necklace” trail around the Jamaica Pond. In 2006, a Mass College of Art & Design associate professor by the name of Matthew Hineman decided all the benches were just plain boring and set out to change that.

As such, Hineman created this “U shaped” double backed bench and snuck it into the row of benches lining the path. It took the City of Boston a full week or more to discover the bench was there and then another 4 days to figure out it wasn’t a City approved project.

Therefore, it was removed but not without grumblings and musings from its admirers. Hineman sought- and won- approval from the Boston Art Commission to have the bench re-installed. The rest is history, literally. We’re thankful to have this quirky piece of history in the lovely Jamaica Plain. The Jamaica Pond Bench.

Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! Go find this bench and have a gander at a cool piece of history and public art in Boston. Tag us while you’re there!