Autumn has started today and is coloring Piedmont with a thousand colors and gives us mild sunny days.
This is the right time to wander through the hills of Langhe and Monferrato following the itinerary of the Big Bench.
The first giant bench was created by the American designer Chris Bangle in 2010 in Clavesana, in the Langhe, on a land owned by him and home to his studio, as an installation on the landscape and accessible to visitors.
The idea of the oversized bench, to make those who sit on it feel like a child again and recover the ability to marvel at the beauty of the landscape with a new look, was not unprecedented, but the context was. The bench became an attraction for visitors to the area in just over a year.
Within a few years, numerous other benches were built in Piedmont, especially in the Langhe and Monferrato. Numerous local communities have joined the BIG BENCH COMMUNITY PROJECT (BBCP) to build, without public funds but only thanks to private sponsors, these giant installations just to attract tourists to enjoy the great beauty of non-tourist routes.
Chris Bangle provided the bench builders free of charge with drawings and indications, such as the chromatic Pantone, asking as the only condition that they be placed in a panoramic point, on land accessible to the public and that they respect the social spirit with which the first was born.
What are you waiting for to visit Piedmont through an unconventional path? Here is the list of Big Benches.
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