Out Of The Dark

Out of the Dark recycles, repurposes and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I'm a volunteer for Out of the Dark and this blog is about the project and our artistic inspiration.

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  1. Here are some Windsor chairs in our workshop, ready to be recycled. Don’t you love the rocking horse?

    Here are some Windsor chairs in our workshop, ready to be recycled. Don’t you love the rocking horse?

     
  2. Why arches?

    If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll have seen this (locally) famous photo before. It’s an old picture of High Wycombe with an arch made out of chairs. It seems like an odd thing to have in a town centre. Where did the locals get that idea from?

    According to a local historian, many towns in Victorian Britain built arches to mark special occasions, usually made of objects which symbolised the town. In High Wycombe, those objects were chairs. Nobody is sure how the arch building tradition began, but it appears to have started around the same time London’s Marble Arch was moved from Buckingham Palace to Hyde Park Corner. (source)

    And in fact, London’s Marble Arch was designed to look like the grand monuments built in ancient Rome to celebrate a military victory. The Roman tradition of arches evolved from the ancient cultures of the Middle-East and Europe, such as those of the Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians and Myceneans. These civilizations would build an arch to mark the entrance to their main cities. (below: Roman arch)

    So why did Wycombe make an arch out of chairs? Possibly because, 2000 years ago, the Greeks made an arch out of stone.

     
  3. Workshop Update

    Have a look at some fab works-in-progress straight from the Out of the Dark workshop:

    Here’s a gorgeous sunny stand that has just been repainted.

    This table was originally designed and built in Buckinghamshire by local company Ercol. Bought by a Bucks resident and recycled by a Bucks non-profit… this table has hada long local journey.