Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Stone Work


Such beauty can be found in stone.  Talented hands can uncover breathtaking sculptures hidden inside.  Scientists can discover history through facts within the layers.  And using stones as a foundation, builders can create awe inspiring structures.

How much are we as individuals like mountains of marble?  We begin as a raw material and are shaped by all that surrounds us.  Choices and circumstances allow our power and beauty to be exposed.  And what a treasure weathered stone can be - imperfections and all.

Marble Capped Mountain
Marble Capped Mountain

My camera and I had the opportunity to be creative with stone just outside of Pietrasanta, Italy, a quaint village that has been considered a sister city to my hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.  As one approaches the nearby mountains in Carrara, that which appears to be snow seems to melt before one’s eyes and turn into marble.


Man Mining Marble
Man Mining Marble


When doing my Stone Work I was entranced by the majesty of the marble while also being taken by the industrial aspect of the production and the striking evidence of man amidst the towering mountain of marble.

Stone Prep
Stone Prep


Nature alters the face of stone through powerful water and other forces.  Man also uses water and force to alter the face of stone and prepare it for its next life at the hand of man.





Extracted Beauty by Giovanni Balderi
Extracted Beauty by Giovanni Balderi

A master of extracting breathtaking beauty from stone is Giovanni Balderi, so this Stone Work of mine concludes with images of his brilliant sculptures.  Do make sure and join Giovanni and me on Facebook, and if you are in the Montgomery area check out the wonderful Montgomery Art Guild Show at Regions Bank in the RSA Tower.  I am honored that three pieces of my work were juried into the show that will be hanging until noon on the 27th.  My camera and I will soon be off to far away lands.  Stories and photos to come...