Last Supper Table

Ali Sandifer

A table gathers people. Its surface creates a space for one person to share with another person. The exchange can be among friends or between strangers – in private or in public. With time, a table becomes a storehouse of memories. These memories can hide under a tablecloth or imprint onto a bare surface. The Last Supper Table is a public art installation – a large handcrafted hardwood table and bench – inspired by the biblical story of the Last Supper. It gathers people together, prompting each person to carve into its surface a name or an event that represents their struggle with forgiveness and trust. The table is a site of both tension and release. The act of carving into a beautiful surface is tense, but the opportunity to shed a memory is cathartic. Over time, the collection of carvings creates a tablecloth in itself, replacing the once pristine tabletop. The Last Supper Table is currently under production in Detroit and will debut in Grand Rapids at ArtPrize 2014.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 30 feet
  • Medium: Hardwood
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 30 inches

About Ali Sandifer

To commemorate ten years of designing and handcrafting furniture, partners Abir Ali and Andre Sandifer join ArtPrize 2014. The Last Supper Table is the largest table that they have collaborated on and their first public art installation. With a portfolio of work to-date that is intended to be unmarked, this project is liberating to the artists.