Contributors: David Anderson, Carla Lores, and Kate Moxham
Textile Tabernacle is a deployable fabric-and-frame sukkah. In reference to both its deeply-rooted tradition and its contemporary application in the urban context of Union Square, it provides portable sanctuary in memory of the 'period of wandering'. It is a space for meditation, contemplation, wonder, stillness and reflection. It is a temporary shelter for the body - the human instance of the spirit - which in turn is the temporary abode of the soul. It is a threshold to an ever-present but under-accessed reality, the ephemeral beyond the world of appearances.
Textile Tabernacle is able to be transported, assembled and erected wherever there is a need. The structural frame allows for the sukkah's skinning to be flexible in its application of schach. Its appearance in a dense, urban situation would offer a break from the speed and routine of the city, providing its dwellers with an experience outside of ordinary frames of reference.
The experience of the space changes continuously in the light, as well as dynamically in the act of moving through it. Slipping between its exterior layers, one enters a luminous, organic form that allows the exterior world to dissolve and recede. Zones of darkness and constriction give way to light and openness, encircling and meeting in a central space. The point of central meditation was established as a focus by use of light, rotation and contraction of space. Though large enough to to act as a semi-public space, it provides a very personal and intimate experience.