The Canopy of Vows is a space where one or two people can stand and renew their own vows to themselves or to each other. It is inspired by the traditional Jewish wedding Chupah, a canopy under which the couple stands with the Rabbi for the wedding ceremony.
When I came up with the idea for the piece, I sent emails to friends, clients and other artists describing the project and asking them to please make a strand exactly 6 feet long, no more than 3” wide, any material, weighing no more than 1 lb., words or no words, of whatever a vow meant to them.
I had no idea how many people would participate, only that a variety of work would make the piece much more interesting than if I made all of the vows myself.
Their vows are made of ribbons and beads, painted cardboard and velvet, book pages, dress patterns, hand-embroidered linen.
Some are written in the first person as a promise, a pledge. Some are personal wishes for the bride and groom. Some have no words at all. There is a vow to friendship. A vow to non-silence. Even a dialogue between an old couple with a play on the word vow.
Together, they hang from two interconnected hula hoop circles, creating a sacred and beautiful space where others can share their own expressions of what a vow means to them.