I found this bench in Rubislaw Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen and a couple of things about it got me thinking.
Kamila I will always love you, always, landslide. I like this a lot. It starts as a proud, unambiguous statement and ends with a cryptic, seemingly random word. But surely it’s more than just random? Perhaps ‘landslide’ is a nickname, or maybe a reference to the Oasis classic ‘Champagne Supernova’ – some kind of bizarre sexual metaphor about getting ‘caught beneath the landslide’. Hmm. If it was an Oasis reference then you’d expect to see a bit more lyric or maybe even ‘-Gallagher’ written underneath, and there isn’t really anything written underneath ‘landslide’, apart from:
This is my favourite part of the bench. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, this is scratched in the same handwriting (handscratching?) as the above line. The bench is in a park just to the west of Aberdeen’s city centre and is surrounded by offices, shops and schools. I like to picture Kamila taking her lunch break at her usual bench and finding this lovely message for her. A slightly illegal birthday treat.
If you look closely at the bench you can see the name Lewis has been scratched (faintly and in a different handscratching) on the left of the bench. My name is Lewis. Coincidence I’m sure, but I can’t help but feel that I was meant to walk past this bench; that I was meant to take a photo of it; that I was meant to write about it; that I was meant to search Facebook for every ‘Kamila’ living in Aberdeen; that I was meant to send all seven of them the photo along with the following message:
“Hi there, I found a piece of graffiti that I really like scratched into a bench in Rubislaw Gardens and I wondered if you knew anything about it? Is it about you? I’d really love to know.”
Yes, that’s definitely what I was meant to do.
Edit: On the 5th May 2011, over a year after writing this, the bench was been re-painted by the council, covering up the graffiti. I never did find the right Kamila, but I hope she found her bench.