Kidderminster 'storytelling' chair destroyed by fire

Kidderminster Shuttle: "Wanton vandalism": The storytelling chair after the blaze in Baxter Gardens. "Wanton vandalism": The storytelling chair after the blaze in Baxter Gardens.

A CARVED wooden seat in a Kidderminster park was destroyed by fire in an act of "wanton vandalism".

Firefighters were called to extinguish the blaze at Baxter Gardens on Tuesday at 8am.

The seat, known locally as the storytelling chair, was installed in 2005 as a community arts project by Wyre Forest District Council and St George's Primary School in Kidderminster.

District councillor Howard Martin said: "It’s a nice feature of the gardens. It’s just wanton vandalism by brain dead morons, the chair is made of solid wood so they must have poured petrol on it.

"The Friends of Baxter Gardens have worked so hard with the council to try and make it a nice park. It’s a little gem.

"The chair had been carved out of the trunk of a tree, cut from a single piece of tree steam. It was about three to four ft wide and five to six ft high. People called it the storytelling seat. The idea was a mother would sit and talk to her children or dog walkers would have a sit down there."

Artist Kate Wrigglesworth and wood carver Amanda Evans worked with families linked with the school, St George's Church and the Bangladeshi community to come up with the idea of a story chair, decorated with symbols and images that depict nature and cultural harmony.

A previous arson attack damaged the chair in 2005 just months after it was installed.

The seat has now been completely removed from the gardens by Wyre Forest District Council officers.

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11:59am Fri 6 Dec 13

walkerno5 says...

I hope the vile little turds are happy with their achievement at least, since this is probably the high point of their existence.
I hope the vile little turds are happy with their achievement at least, since this is probably the high point of their existence. walkerno5

12:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

ayetchiztik says...

this chair had been set alight several times. while this piece was a nice idea initially, unfortunately wooden sculptures stand little chance of longevity in kiddi. I'm surprised it survived this long.
this chair had been set alight several times. while this piece was a nice idea initially, unfortunately wooden sculptures stand little chance of longevity in kiddi. I'm surprised it survived this long. ayetchiztik

1:50am Sun 8 Dec 13

Mercuryman says...

For those who created this seat, and those who have cared for these gardens - don't be disheartened. There are far, far more within our community who share your ideals than there are those very few who seek to destroy them.
For those who created this seat, and those who have cared for these gardens - don't be disheartened. There are far, far more within our community who share your ideals than there are those very few who seek to destroy them. Mercuryman

2:05pm Mon 9 Dec 13

kunuty says...

Did they kill a tree to make this chair? Just wondering,
Did they kill a tree to make this chair? Just wondering, kunuty

3:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

walkerno5 says...

Just for that Kunuty, I'm going to kill six trees this weekend.
Just for that Kunuty, I'm going to kill six trees this weekend. walkerno5

1:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

cyber_ferrari says...

"It’s just wanton vandalism by brain dead morons" - don't insult a brain dead moron. This must have taken some malice of forethought to achieve which doesn't imply "brain-deadedness!" Just plain moronic, and typical of what can be expected today, from yound and old alike.
"It’s just wanton vandalism by brain dead morons" - don't insult a brain dead moron. This must have taken some malice of forethought to achieve which doesn't imply "brain-deadedness!" Just plain moronic, and typical of what can be expected today, from yound and old alike. cyber_ferrari

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