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Becoming Wall/Becoming Chair Unseated, New York, NY
Yama and niyama are concepts of the yoga sutras, which are a kind of equivalent to the ten commandments, but they are “thou shalt nots” and “thou shalts,” as opposed to the completely proscriptive “thou shalt nots.” This pairing translates as exertion and rest, a “becoming” and a “being.” This was a response to a functional requirement: a vestibule that needed a wall for security and a bench so that people could remove and put on their shoes. It takes its form from a movement from one yoga pose to another - urdva hastasana (standing, arms reaching upwards) to utkatasana (a pose much like sitting in an imaginary chair). This bench expresses this constant state of being and becoming. PDF