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CHAIR_130905_08.JPG: The World’s Largest Chair
Presented to Curtis Bros. for their outstanding leadership and service to the public by the Bassett Furniture Industries.
The chair made of solid Honduras mahogany is 19-1/2 feet tall and weighs 4600 pounds.
Dedicated July 11, 1959
Designer: Leo M. Jiranek
Builder: J.E. Bassett, Jr.
CHAIR_130905_11.JPG: The Big Chair
Re-dedication April 25, 2006.
This community landmark represents the Curtis Companies long standing allegiance to the neighborhood and steadfast commitment to unity, prosperity and good will to all Washingtonians and friends of Anacostia.
Designers: John Kidwell & A Lomax Project
Fabricators: Cinnabar & Nelson’s Welding
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Wikipedia Description: Chair (sculpture)
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Chair is a public artwork designed as an advertisement by Bassett Furniture, located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Ave. and V. Street S.E., in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States of America. Chair was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1994. It was once considered the world's largest chair, but has been overtaken by works like Broken Chair in Geneva and the temporary The Writer on Hampstead Heath in London.
The chair, which stands 19 1/2 feet high, is a detail-to-detail replica of a Duncan Phyfe style chair. Painted brown with a white and brown striped "cushion", the chair is entirely made of aluminum. Weighing between 4,000 and 4,600 pounds, the chair sits on a concrete base.
The chair was built in 1959 by Virginia-based furniture maker Bassett Furniture. The concept for the chair came from Charles Curtis, of the Curtis Brothers Furniture company, as a clever way to bring customers to their family showroom which was located on the grounds where the chair is currently placed.
The piece was dedicated on July 11, 1959, and a plaque was placed with it, stating:
THE WORLD'S LARGEST CHAIR
FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP
AND SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC/BY THE
BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES.
THE CHAIR MADE OF SOUND HONDURAS MAHOGANY
IS 19 1/2 FEET TALL AND WEIGHS 4000 POUNDS
DEDICATED JULY 11, 1959
LEO M. HIRAMETT
BUILT BY J. E. BASSETT, JR.
John Kidwell, the caretaker of the Chair, frequently patched holes that would form after heavy rains with cement. During the days of August 23–24, 2005, the original Chair was disassembled by a backhoe and taken away for restoration. Made entirely of Honduras Mahogany, the legs had begun to rot. On April 25, 2006, the chair was returned by Curtis ...More...
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2013 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS [to which I added a week to to visit sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee], and Richmond, VA), and
my 8th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including sites in Nevada and California).
Ego Strokes: Aviva Kempner used my photo of her as her author photo in Larry Ruttman's "American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball" book.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 570,000.