“A (shared) bench on the sidewalk invites spontaneous conversations with neighbors and makes it easier to meet each other. The monthly cafe stimulates these new encounters. Also, it tries to encourage people to look at public space as a shared canvas that can be colored by us all”, BenchesCollective founder Jesse Jorg explains.
This Sunday the BenchesCollective will be organizing its last outdoor café of the season. One of the registered benches ‘Pop-Up Petanque’, is an ode to France and offers French wines and cheeses, as well as a little petanque tournament for passers-by. Another bench, ‘Shake ya BonBon’, invites people to enjoy Belgian bonbons (chocolates) and offers the opportunity to shake away the calories afterwards. There will also be a BenchesHopper, a transformed Piaggio Ape that takes visitors from one bench to the other. Check out the website to find benches near you.