A wood splitting chair has been installed at the Australian Financial Theatre in Sydney to replace the wooden one that has been there for three decades.
The replacement is a joint effort between the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Woodworkers Association, which is also sponsoring the project.
“Wood splitter” is a term used by woodworkers and professionals to describe a device that attaches wood to a surface to make it more durable.
The wood splitters are not new; they have been used for decades, but the ANTAs new model has the most advanced technology in the industry.
The company said the design would last for decades and was designed to make the chair more durable and environmentally friendly.
The ANTA said it wanted to help ensure that the chair would be around for many years to come.
“We are working with the Sydney Centre Theatre Company, ANTI Woodworkers’ Association and the Sydney Woodworkers Federation to ensure that this chair will be here for a long time to come,” ANTIA CEO Steve Smith said.
“This chair will make it easier for us to get to the future.”
The ANTS chair, which will be used for three years, is expected to cost about $2,500.
Smith said the chair was one of the best-selling products in the company’s history and the company was excited to see the ANTS model becoming a fixture in the theatre.
“It is a big milestone for us,” he said.
“We are excited to have this chair in the Australian Theatre.”
The ANTS was developed in a bid to improve the quality of wood in the Sydney theatre.
It was originally designed to be installed on a table top that could be moved around to add or remove chairs, and to give theatregoers the option of placing chairs at the rear of the theatre for guests who would be standing or sitting.
Smith said the ANTs chair was the first wood splittings chair to be offered in the theatres catalogue and the chair had become an important part of the Sydney theatres repertoire.
This article has been updated with information from the Sydney Arts Council and ANTS.