The lead artist and conceptor of the Church Trap, Rebekah Waites is a self-taught oil painter and graduate of the Roski’s School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. As her first large-scale interactive sculpture, Church Trap is a departure from her previous work and combines the elements of a decaying church and a box trap. With the collaboration of structural artist Scott Froschauer this piece was realized and became a full-scale church tipped on its axis. It convincingly appeared to only have the support of a large wooden pole suspending it high up in the air. At the base of the pole was a rope waiting for participants to give it a tug and possibly collapse the church over unsuspecting victims inside.
At the center of the church, appearing at the foot of the stage where the pulpit would normally be, was classic upright arcade game called The Machine – an interactive scientific experiment that questions the users religious and spiritual state of mind. Behind The Machine, artist collaborator Jena Priebe’s antique pump organ was displayed with sheets of music appearing to float out of it. These sheets were lluminated with LED lights as participants played music.
The Church Trap was burned without the organ on August 30, 2013. To find out more about Church Trap and the artists click here.