Which genius invented the public bench? In our increasingly controlled, targeted, and digitalised world, the wooden public bench is a haven of freedom in the middle of the city. On the bench, you can read, doze, eat your sandwich, meditate, and reflect on the vanity of human wishes. The town elders can sit on the bench and watch the world pass. Mothers with their babies can leaf through a thin volume of verse while the little ones sleep. Clandestine meetings can be held on the bench, and confidences exchanged without fear of surveillance. The neighbourhood offers conviviality, solitude, and comfort — all at the cost of not a cent.
An odd encounter on a public bench celebrates a moment of generosity and companionship between two strangers.
WATCH EPISODE 26 - SITTING ON A PUBLIC BENCH