David Breaux stands on the corner of Third and C streets, inviting passersby to tell him their definition of compassion. The community is invited to help build an Earthbench on that corner as a continuation of the compassion campaign. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo

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Earthbench planned as part of compassion campaign

By From page A1 | April 02, 2013

Do you support the idea of compassion in Davis? If so, please consider becoming part of the compassion campaign.

On March 26, the Davis City Council gave the green light to the building of a “Compassion Corner Earthbench” at the corner of Third and C streets in downtown Davis. The Earthbench will be a functional piece of public art on a corner dedicated to compassion.

The project grows out of the work of David H. Breaux, who has stood at the corner of Third and C since June 2009 inviting people to write their ideas about compassion in a notebook. He has collected thousands of entries during this time, a portion of which has been compiled into a book, “Compassion: Davis, CA,” which is available locally and as an e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The public is invited to participate in the compassion campaign in three ways:

* Build a bottle brick. Hundreds will be needed in the construction of the Earthbench. Simple instructions on building a bottle brick can be found at earthbench.org. Bottle bricks may be dropped off at the corner by Monday, April 22.

* Help build the bench. There will be a construction work party on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up for a shift at http://groups.dcn.org/compassioncorner.

* Donate to support the Earthbench. Visit http://groups.dcn.org/compassioncorner.

The “Peace on Earthbench Movement” was founded by Brennan Blazer Bird, who built his first Earthbench in 2011 as part of his senior project at UC Davis. He is partnering with local ceramic artist Mark Rivera on the design of the Compassion Corner Earthbench.

If you have questions, email [email protected] or visit Breaux at either the Farmers Market on Saturdays in April, or at the corner of Third and C streets in downtown Davis.

Enterprise staff

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