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Cross Table

Designed by Nora Petersen and Francis Barrera

Handmade in LA by Arturo Galindo

Plaster, plywood, pigment-dyed shellac.

35.5 x 35.5 x 8 inches.

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The cross form is a play on mythology, calling back to the geometric patterns at the Mitla temple and Mesoamerican Petroglyphs. A lacerated base rises from the floor, alluding to the metamorphosis of the tree into a human symbol. This base was hand-carved to create the appearance of an upside-down tree stump, citing the process and material used to fabricate wooden crosses found in western theology and religion.

A central shallow divot encourages the creation of unique arrangements and ornamentation. All-natural materials were used for fabrication and varnishing.

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