Auburn BenchMarks

Logo BenchMarks is a community art program through the City of Auburn Arts Division which aims to build community pride and get people engaged in creating art.  The City of Auburn, in partnership with the Green River College Carpentry Division, provide benches for this recurring temporary art project. BenchMarks asks local community groups to paint, carve or otherwise artistically transform plain wooden  benches into works of sit-able art.  The benches are unveiled each summer at the City’s 4th of July Festival at Les Gove Park. Following the festival the benches are distributed throughout the community in parks, along sidewalks and in neighborhoods where people gather.


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The Green River College Carpentry Department fabricated the wooden benches.

Current Bench Inventory:

BenchBench by: Auburn Riverside High School Auburn School District Faculty Gina Sandland and Chris Miller          

Sit upon larger than life pencils to ponder the real meaning of art (even a handy holder for your beverage!


Bench by: Kiwanis Club of Auburn Afternoon
Lead artist: Mary Ellen Bowers

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.

BenchBench by: Interurban Center for the Arts
with Maple Lawn Elementary

The Interurban Center for the Arts (ICA) has a long and valued history in our communities. With 30 years of experience in arts enrichment development, the ICA serves elementary schools in seven school districts within 14 cities and helps schools bring monthly arts appreciation classes to students.

BenchBench byAuburn Mountainview High School
Auburn School District Faculty Cary Davidson

Splattered colored paint is the backdrop for inspirational sayings from figures throughout history in this bench by Mountainview High School students.

BenchBench bySee Ya Later Foundation
Lead artist: John Curry

The "See Ya Later" Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that began out of the inspiration of a 12 year-old boy who died of cancer. Scott Banke had a zest for life and a courage that motivates the mission of the Foundation which is: Inspiring Youth ~ Encouraging Families. 


Bench by: Suzy Fountaine

In honor of our brave Veterans!


Bench by:  White River Valley Museum
Lead artist: Rachael McAlister

Sandy has been a beloved figure in Auburn for over half a century. Originally sitting in front of Massey's supermarket on East Main Street, this ten cent ride delighted a generation of children. Sandy now resides in the White River Valley Museum and if you are not taller than her ears you can still enjoy a ride on this piece of Auburn history! Want to learn more about Massey's? Watch our Auburn Our Story, a short documentary on this super supermarket!


Bench Auburn's Historic Downtown
Lead artist: Michael Taskey

With inspiration taken from historic photos of Auburn’s historic main street artist Michael Taskey recreated a miniature main street. 


Bench: Auburn Valley Humane Society

Created by the Auburn Valley Humane Society, this bench invites visitors to take a seat amongst four legged friends. Notice, that each of the pets are also licensed!


Bench: The Auburn Food Bank

Created under the leadership of local artist Mary Ellen Bowers, the local middle-school Builders Club participated in the painting of this bench.  Using a variety of iridescent paints, the landscape holds the overflowing basket of food, while letting people know that donations to the Auburn Food Bank indeed do make a difference.


Bench: Pacific Ballroom Dance


When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.  It's to enjoy each step along the way. 

Valley Christian School BenchBench: Valley Christian School

Created with input from the students at Valley Christian School.