Several years ago I came across a very battered old prayer book in and amongst my late father’s books. The spine had severed and it was in two pieces with pages falling out and many of them were badly damaged. It had no use or value as a book.
However it was over 200 years old and, reading the text, it must have been printed in the reign of King George 111, sometime before 1818. It was almost as old as the USA. I could not bring myself to throw it away. Then came an idea. The pages could be used to create new artworks bridging the centuries.
Prayers for those at sea 200 years ago envisaged sailing ships, primitive navigational aids, crossing the oceans with cargoes of spices and slaves. Today vast container ships, kitted out with the latest GPS, travel the same routes carrying modern consumer good between continents.