These simple benches also include their own archetypal ideal. While this ideal may be different for each one of us, it is sure to take us back to a time when, far more often than today, we found ourselves sitting side by side, whether on the train, in the school, cafeteria or in church. Our social, gregarious side found its expression more readily when we were less concerned about guarding our personal space than we are now.
A bench is a collective seat, something one would expect from a society more given to sharing, to being more tolerant and less selective with regard to others. Chairs divide, while benches unite. Chairs enclose and delimit each one’s personal space; benches bring it together.
The setting, environment and precise placement of benches are all quite different from those of chairs and individual seats. In this game of Los Bancos, players are going to come up with compositions, juxtapositions and inspirations that are quite different from those that arise in the game of Las SillasThe creations resulting from stacking, balancing and redistributing the space in and among these benches is sure to evoke a strange familiarity with a past age.