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As part of the City’s Work Plan, Council directed the Cultural Arts Commission to establish a Donor policy and a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Strand Bench and Alcove improvement program. The project was undertaken with the intent of making the bench alcoves along the Strand an aesthetically pleasing and a restful place to enjoy the beach. Council set the level of quality intended for the Strand benches by selecting a beautiful organic design made from an environmentally sustainable material.
The Escobar Sculpture Bench
Located near 17th Street and the Strand
Artist: David Hertz; installed: 1993
In 1992, artist David Hertz created this sculptural bench pair dedicated to longtime Manhattan Beach resident Carol Escobar. Located at the spot where she found solace watching the sunset each night as she was dying from cancer, set into it are the shells she gathered over the years and brass screw shavings that reflect the sun. The meaning of the sculpture is spelled out: "Contemplate this view which I have enjoyed for so long - Carol Esobar"
The DuBose Sculpture Bench
Located near 16th Street and the Strand
Artist: David Hertz; installed: 1996
In 1996, artist David Hertz created these two sculptural benches and table, incorporating beach glass, abalone shell, inscriptions and mementos of the 70-year marriage of long-time Manhattan Beach residents Frank and Caroline DuBose. A strip of gold and silver stretches across the tabletop to commemorate their silver and gold anniversaries.
Salem Sculpture Bench
Located near 10th Street and the Strand
Artist:unknown; installed: 1998
In 1998, an artist designed this stenciled granite bench that is dedicated to the memory of long-time Manhattan Beach resident Karen Salem.
Stand Alcove Bench Donation program
The Stand Alcove Bench Donation program is currently on hold until further notice.