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Emily Mayo's avatar Emily Mayo

At 13-foot wide, Kaphar is a life-size floating staircase sculpture made of burnt wood salvaged from house arsons of Flint, MI. Originating from the homes of my childhood neighborhood, the materials represent a personal reflection while depicting the desired recovery of the city of Flint. The form of Kaphar relates to ascension as well as redemption. This specific rise and run of stairs often lead to entrances of places of importance. It also serves as an altar for many modern day churches. With no back support and relying on balance, the piece takes on a magical element. Kaphar (pronounced kä-far) is a Greek word meaning - “to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation”. It was used in the Bible when referring to sacrifice, and the covering/purging of sins. I chose this word because it symbolizes redemption, which is a concept that I am drawn to, and relates to how I am treating these particular materials.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5ft.
  • Medium: Burnt Wood salvaged from House Arson
  • Width: 13ft.
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 2ft.