I purchased an old wooden pew from an expanding Pennsylvania church that had recently upgraded its furnishings.  I disassembled it down to its individual parts, molded and cast them in soft expandable polyurethane foam, and then reassembled them back into a pew. The work is an exploration in futility in that, unlike its wooden parent-object, it is playfully flimsy and cannot stand up unassisted. However, it is potentially more comfortable and has some memory to it; and concerning matters of spirituality I think such resilience is key. Moreover, on a molecular level the pew’s polymers will far outlast those of its wooden counterpart, thus making it an object that is forever forgiving.

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