Wright Brothers' Bench
circa 1996 / David Evans Black / Dayton
The Wright Brothers' Bench was designed by David Black based on the famous photograph of the Wright brothers' first flight. In that photo there was a small wooden bench. The new bench is made of bronze with inscriptions along the front and back. On top of the bench are two bowler hats, the style worn by the Wright brothers. The bench is a golden brown patina and the hats are a dark gray, almost black. Nine benches have been installed in the Dayton area: Carillon Historical Park; Dave Hall Plaza; Dayton International Airport; Engineers Club of Dayton; Medal of Honor Park at Wright Patterson Airforce Museum; the U.S Airforce Museum; Woodland Cemetery; Wright Brothers Airport; and Wright State University. Each location has a connection to the Wright brothers. The first bench was dedicated on July 4, 1996.