Nicky Hopkins was a session musician who worked with many artists and appeared on some of the most well-known tracks of all time, including The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil and She's a Rainbow, John Lennon’s Jealous Guy and You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker. For the 40th anniversary of his performance on The Beatles’ Revolution, a physical tribute in the form of a memorial seat celebrates his legacy, after the original idea for a blue heritage plaque fell through as there were no relevant buildings still standing. The London Borough of Ealing, where Nicky was born and grew up, suggested a ‘piano bench’ instead, to be installed in Perivale Park. Furnitubes was set the challenge of incorporating a piano theme into a seat and the Horizon, with its flat surface seat and backrest was perfectly suited to accommodating the artwork. Two panels have been incorporated in lieu of the normal timber seat slats with a piano keyboard on the seat platform, and the double-sided backrest with a tribute to Nicky on the front and a list of contributors (including Yoko Ono) to the seat on the rear side. The artwork has been recreated as a digital print on highly durable exterior grade laminated panels, with anti-graffiti treatment to resist aerosol paint and permanent marker. The detachable frame of the Horizon allowed the in-ground support posts to be installed in advance and the seat itself to be fitted at the last minute. Over 60 people attended the ceremony, hosted by John Wood, with The Mayor of Ealing and Moira Hopkins, Nicky’s widow, performing the unveiling.
Visit the Furnitubes International website for more information on Nicky Hopkins Memorial Bench