A bench is a wonderful idea. It works for all-- It's something we can give Leonard that he doesn't have to keep at home or find space for; It's something the fans can enjoy the use of while being happy it was a gift for him; It's something other people can be intrigued by and perhaps look into Leonard a bit more. Most of all it will last for years.
Count on us out here to join the effort-- T knows about it, and we will tell Sifa when we see him on Monday.
On the design-- I agree simpler is better. As I read both sides of the "Came so far/I came so far" discussion, I was solidly in the "Came So Far For Beauty" camp. But when I saw the drawing, I realized the phrase seems a bit cut-off and non-grammatical and won't be clear to non-LC people. With the "I" it will signify that Leonard was there in person while also not taking away from the other meanings of that phrase.
Also-- This is the most important thing to me--- As someone who deals with tourists and graffiti, I would predict that several idiots would write or scratch their name in the blank space before "Came So Far For Beauty". What a shame it would be to walk up to that beautiful bench and see scratched on there: "Rob "Came So Far For Beauty" or "Peter "Came So Far For Beauty" in marker.
Either way, we will support the project.
Love the add-ons of Unified Hearts on each side.
So many possibilities for words on the bench.
I fully support "_ _ Beauty
" but I would love to see the subversively simple "Here It Is
" or the gracious "Love Went On And On