Back in 2013, Jack Stinson, of Stinson’s Village Store in downtown Hanover, and Nick Fabrikant, an architectural designer, structural engineer and artist who grew up in Thetford, had big plans for a bench behind the shop.
Fabrikant, who was 30 at the time, dreamed up a design. Talking on the phone this afternoon, he described it as “very proportionate,” everything a half or a quarter of something else, and inspired by 1930s art deco and the Hitching Post of the Sun.
He gathered locally sourced granite and a “crystal element,” the latter paying homage to his parents, Kenny and Jeanne Fabrikant, who closed the Rosey Jekes clothing store the year prior after 36 years in business. They had gotten their start by selling crystals in the street. “They were artists,” Fabrikant said. He wanted to “instill that legacy for a long time.”
The plans for the location, though, got benched. (Yeah, I said it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
“We got all the materials and realized it was kind of too grand” to fit behind Stinson’s, Fabrikant said.
So the town of Hanover did him a solid.
“He wanted to do this project for the town and so we gratefully thanked him and helped to select the site for installation,” said Town Manager Julia Griffin, who originally pointed me in Fabrikant’s direction. The bench is located at the corner of Lebanon and Crosby streets, across from the football stadium and not too far from the Rosey Jekes building, still owned by the Fabrikants.
Fabrikant, who now lives in Vershire (and is online at www.nickfabrikant.com), makes it down to Hanover about once a month, sometimes stopping by the bench — his only stone project to date, despite being his favorite medium. He’s even cleaned it a couple times in the past five years.
“It’s a labor of love,” he said.
More pictures of the bench here.