The Play Project, March 2013, Glastonbury Abbey

The Play Project, March 2013, Glastonbury Abbey

The spontaneous impulse of the spirit to identify itself with something other than itself for the sheer delight of play, transubstantiates the world – in which, actually, after all, things are not quite as real or permanent, terrible, important, or logical as they seem. - Joseph Campbell

The Play Project was originally conceived as a solo project - an installation of a large quantity of wood building blocks into a worship space as a metaphor for receiving the Kingdom like a child. The blocks are beautiful in and of themselves, and the idea of building them into a space meant for worship was intriguing to me. In conversation with leaders in the Church of the Cross, Boston community, however, it became clear that this experience was meant to be shared. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and the hard work and play of many, we installed 1,400 blocks into Glastonbury Abbey Church in Hingham, Massachusetts in March 2013. The afternoon was filled with contemplation, delight and a deepened sense of our personal and communal childlikeness. We donated the blocks to those even more in need of play than ourselves through partnership with Horizons for Homeless Children. Read more about the process here and the experience here.

Special thanks to Matthew Sigler for spatial and liturgical consulting. Photos courtesy of Jenn Memmen. Digital prints available upon request. Please inquire for sizing and prices.