Around 2006, I delivered a sculpture to the Cibola Creek Ranch, south of Marfa, Texas. The ranch, established in 1850 by Milton Faver, was originally called, El Cibolo, and was an adobe building created as a defense against the Apache. Having fallen into disrepair, it was been restored by John Poindexter. It is open to the public and reservations can be made for a visit.
At Cibolo Creek Ranch, a number of the original adobe rooms have been turned into small museums filled with numerous period artifacts. While wandering the grounds, I passed through a low doorway and found myself in a small room. I discovered it to be a private chapel of sorts, an area of devotion. In a section of the room was a type of chair I’d never seen before. Upon inquiry, I learned it was used for ‘prayer’. The instant I learned that information, I knew one day I would use it in a sculpture.
I’ve since learned that ‘Prayer Chairs’ have been used for centuries in both private homes and in numerous religious sects.