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We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar

Princeton Architectural Press

By Francis Cape

6.5 x 8.5 in; 112 pp;
Paperback
June 2013
ISBN 9781616891596
ISBN10 1616891599

SKU# 9781616891596

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Whether for protest, religious congress,
companionship, eating, or comfort, sitting
communally remains one of the most powerful
and prevalent of human social activities. This simple
act held special significance in numerous utopian
communities that emerged in nineteenth-century
America, and was given physical presence in the
form of a variety of styles of wooden benches.
We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar


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We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar

Whether for protest, religious congress, companionship, eating, or comfort, sitting communally remains one of the most powerful and prevalent of human social activities. This simple act held special significance in numerous utopian communities that emerged in nineteenth-century America, and was given physical presence in the form of a variety of styles of wooden benches. Fascinated by these expressions of harmony and equality, renowned British artist Francis Cape sought out and made measured drawings of remaining examples. We Sit Together presents twenty-five of Cape’s beautifully reconstructed benches drawn from twenty utopian sects—active from 1732 to the present—ranging from well-known communities like the Shakers to more obscure groups like the Separatists of Zoar. Featuring crisp photographs and lovingly handmade drawings, this rarely seen slice of Americana will appeal to the collector, woodworker, student of American history, or anyone who just likes to take a seat.

• Communal societies represented: Shakers (ME); Church Communities International, Woodcrest (NY); Ephrata Cloister (PA); Camphill Village, Kimberton Hills (PA); Snow Hill Nunnery (PA); Separatists of Zoar (OH); Society of True Inspiration, Amana (IA); Hutterites (MT); and Twin Oaks (VA)
• Includes a written description of each bench, a measured drawing, and an explanation of how the social or religious organization of the utopian community influenced its design
• The twenty-five unpainted and carved benches were built from poplar grown near Francis Cape’s studio in Narrowsburg, NY

 

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6.5 x 8.5 in; 112 pp;
Paperback
June 2013
ISBN 9781616891596
ISBN10 1616891599
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