Bench updates

A section for our Birthday Campaign. tributes around the world and your birthday greetings
User avatar
mutti
Posts: 1916
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:25 am
Location: somewhere in the Pacific Northwest

Re: Bench updates

Postby mutti » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:46 am

My thought for the day -
I hope the bench project gets to stay in Hydra. The location chosen and the bench area seems to be perfect. If not I would love to see it in Montreal. I would say it would be important to have it in a place Leonard's family would feel comfortable with. Here's hoping for Hydra!
Leslie 8)
Last edited by mutti on Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:24 pm, edited 2 times in total.
1988 Vancouver
2009 Victoria/Seattle/Almost Red Rocks/Las Vegas/San Jose.
2010 Sligo x 2/Victoria/Vancouver/Portland/Las Vegas x 2.
2012 Austin x 2/Seattle/Vancouver/Montreal x 2.
2013 Oakland x 2/New York City x 2/Winnipeg...
User avatar
Goldin
Posts: 2373
Joined: Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:57 pm
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Contact:

Re: Bench updates

Postby Goldin » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:11 pm

Let's hope it will be Hydra, the place that's so meaningful both to LC himself and our community...
Roman aka Hermitage Prisoner

vk.com/leonardcohen: Russian community page | Pula 2013 extra soundcheck | Hydra 2015 videos

September Cohen Helsinki 2 Berlin 5 ⇒ Adriatic Cohen Pula 1 Pula 2 ⇒ Ύδρα '15
Olwen
Posts: 193
Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:02 pm
Location: Ireland

Re: Bench updates

Postby Olwen » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:44 pm

It's beginning to look like those of you lucky enough to go to Hydra this summer may get to see Leonard's birthday bench. I remember the thrill when we heard that he had read our names. I think of him a lot.
Olwen
Olwen
Plymouth 1976, Kilmainham Dublin 2008, 02 Dublin 2009, Lissadel Sligo 2010,
Kilmainham, Dublin 2012, 02 Dublin 2013, Leonard Cohen Dublin Event 2014.
User avatar
B4real
Posts: 6143
Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:49 am
Location: Australia

Re: Bench updates

Postby B4real » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:45 am

Olwen wrote:It's beginning to look like those of you lucky enough to go to Hydra this summer may get to see Leonard's birthday bench. I remember the thrill when we heard that he had read our names. I think of him a lot.
Olwen
My sentiments exactly, Olwen! If I can't be there in person at least my name will be!

THE BENCH

I read every name.
I bow my head in gratitude.

Leonard
Be for real. Free yourself to find the real Self ~~ Me
Happiness is like learning the violin, the more you practice it the more it comes to you ~~ Me
Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind ~~ Gore Vidal
User avatar
jarkko
Site Admin
Posts: 6543
Joined: Thu Jun 27, 2002 1:01 am
Location: Espoo, Finland
Contact:

Re: Bench updates

Postby jarkko » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:40 am

Time for another update, thanks to Lakis!
Some light in the tunnel, but the problem has not yet been solved. Let's keep fingers crossed.

Lakis reports:
Hydra's mayor, Mr. George Koukoudakis and the organizer of cultural happenings on the island, Mr. Panagiotis Rappas have gone twice to Athens to discuss our project at the Archeological Office. The Office has informed them that the original plan will not be accepted because there are no similar objects on the island. They want our bench to follow the traditional style of the island.

Following this and the long delay in the project, our original architect Mr. George Xydis has retired.

There is now a new plan made by Mr. Andronikos, an experienced architect who has been working for years on new and renovated buildings on Hydra. The plan will be presented to the board of archeologists in Athens next week. Later this month it will be discussed at the Municipal Council. The bench can be built in 1-2 weeks after approval from Athens and the Council.
We have not yet seen the new plan. I hope to get it after the meeting in Athens, and will post it here.
1988, 1993: Helsinki||2008: Manchester|Oslo|London O2|Berlin|Helsinki|London RAH|| 2009: New York Beacon|Berlin|Venice|Barcelona|Las Vegas|San José||2010: Salzburg|Helsinki|Gent|Bratislava|Las Vegas|| 2012: Gent|Helsinki|Verona|| 2013: New York|Pula|Oslo|||
User avatar
HugoD
Posts: 88
Joined: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:33 am
Location: Haarlemmermeer /Netherlands

Re: Bench updates

Postby HugoD » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:29 am

Thanks for the update Jarkko! I salute and admire the patience and stamina of all those that have been involved in realizing this project but fear that this whole bureaucratic dragging will last for years to come. First it was a permit issue, then a neighbor that complained and now it is an architectural issue? Where almost two years down the road and it seems that the whole process is starting all over again.

There have been suggestions on another place where the bench can be placed (Canada amongst them). I would suggest that if by the end of the summer there is still no definitive plan and approval we move forward and take back control in realizing this wonderful bench in a place were it is appreciated.
Lille 2010, Dublin 2012, Mannheim 2013, Rotterdam 2013
User avatar
jarkko
Site Admin
Posts: 6543
Joined: Thu Jun 27, 2002 1:01 am
Location: Espoo, Finland
Contact:

Re: Bench updates

Postby jarkko » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:10 am

I got this promising email from George Xydis, the architect who made the original plans (members who were on the island two years ago at our meetup have met him). He is working on the project again.
Some good news at last for the Bench project! After meeting with the director of the Archaelogy Service in her Pireaus offices we agreed to a meeting on the island, so that I could explain the project to her.
We met on Hydra last Wednesday. After mutual discussion and explanations (the Ministry's delays was one), we finally decided that the project can be re-examined by the Monuments Council the soonest, so that the works can start. She did not agree about the letters of Leonard's poem on the rock-surface, as the surface is quite uneven, and I tend to agree.
I will submit the soonest a new dossier with the same proposal, minus the letters.
1988, 1993: Helsinki||2008: Manchester|Oslo|London O2|Berlin|Helsinki|London RAH|| 2009: New York Beacon|Berlin|Venice|Barcelona|Las Vegas|San José||2010: Salzburg|Helsinki|Gent|Bratislava|Las Vegas|| 2012: Gent|Helsinki|Verona|| 2013: New York|Pula|Oslo|||

Return to “Leonard Cohen 80 years on September 21, 2014”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests