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And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Genesis 1:8

Part of a projected series The Morning and the Evening, which currently includes the book of the same name, Firmament and Ocean. The series uses the first verses of Genesis dealing with the Creation as a structure to produce a series of works.

Firmament shows the roof of St Mary Redcliff church in Bristol, whose network of roof-bosses and studs a starry vault. Here I have populated this Heaven with the names of human letters.

If this is the cosmology of the people of the Book, then it’s appropriate that its constellations be made up out of the Book’s component parts.

Kabbalistic and Mallarmean connotations aside, we also name stars with their Greek names, so I felt that this conflation was an interesting one.

The series will eventually offer a book for each of the six days of the creation.