Orv Musim Ginwuija (Museum of the Bench)

  • Linear Location

    On Holiday Road on west side of Abilene, Texas (US)

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Overview

This bronze marker is on the Kcymaerxthaere Historical Site: Museum of the Bench and the two installations work quite well together to explain this wonderful museum.  Many of us played with the Museum of the Bench trading cards as kids and so even the name brings back fond memories.  The museum itself was a 430,000 acre facility dedicated to displaying benches in their natural habitat via incredible dioramas recreating the scene where Founder Park Lee Taf first saw the bench being displayed.

Access

Street Parking on Holiday Road off First Street on the west side of Abilene.  Treat the site with respect, read the signs, and be alert.

Public Dedication

Was the day after the installation and involved a citywide scavenger hunt begun at the April ArtWalk–and won by a local bus driver who recognized a bench in the collection.

Orv Museum Ginwuija Marker story

When Park Lee Taf first came to this area, having fled Nobunaga-Gaisen’s troubled expedition at a point far to the South, he could barely contemplate survival, let alone a new home. But, over time, his gift for languages—particularly the ability to master many of the tougher inter-dimensional tenses—made him indispensible to commerce all along what grew into his legendary Orbit of Trade. He traveled it each Pejephen Year (about 744 of our days).

Taf would often say that, for him, collecting benches was collecting peace. His field procedure was, in its own way, very simple: after acquiring a bench, he would replace the original with an indistinguishable replica, and then, returning home, build a precise and often quite vast diorama displaying the bench in its natural habitat. Indeed, what would become his 430,000 acre masterwork—Orv Musim Ginwuija (meaning, in the pSugaalane tongue, Museum of the Bench)—eventually covered essentially all of what we call Abilene, extending as far as linear Albany.

This place—once quite elevated—was a favorite of Taf’s to take in the landscape and its loosely anchored vertical rivers (channeled by qualities such as ferylemt), swaying in the abferyl winds. So it was almost inevitable that the first dioramas would be built around here. Though the precise location of those structures is now lost, the small clearing here is thought to be the faint arboreal shadow of the early informal visitor center built by Taf and the great engineer Pezhephen—a building always depicted amidst trees (likely distant ancestors of the ones you see).

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