Title: Sky Island #10
Dimension: L 80cm x W 60cm
Year: Sept 2013
Jacob’s Ladder, a perennial ancient iconic symbol known as a ladder to Heaven. There are numerous allegorical interpretations of the ladder written across various cultures and religions, namely, the Book of Genesis, Midrash, Islamic, Christianity and Merkabah mysticism, but neither of these narratives differ greatly from each other.
Jacob’s Dream by William Blake (c. 1805) and Jacob’s Ladder by Marc Chagall (c.1973)
The most widely known version is from the Book of Genesis 28: 10-19.
Jacob left Beersheba, and went toward Haran. He came to the place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it [or “beside him”] and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants; and your descendants shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and by you and your descendants shall all the families of the earth bless themselves. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I did not know it.” And he was afraid, and said, “This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
The ladder is a symbol that appears frequently in religious and esoteric contexts since ancient times. It is seen as a reality object that bridge the gap between Heaven(spiritual fantasy) and Earth(reality). Over the millennium, it has imbedded in our subconscious as a dual paradigm of spiritual ascension; an idea of human perfectibility, and at the same thing descending back to one’s deep roots.
Sky Island #010, provides a game quest route to the legendary Sky Island. Pertaining to the iconic ladder, this particular quest is constantly crossing the boundary between real and fiction, it poses difficulties and confusions forcing one to question and reflect their inner conscious before reaching the goal. To move on or to look back or to drown within one’s imaginary world will solely depend on individual.