If rock wasn’t the first medium of sculpture, what was? Today’s artists are bringing this traditional art back.
Nga Uri o Hinetuparimaunga 2005.
Hamilton Gardens Entrance, New Zealand.
Five huge columns are covered with a rock blanket or Kakahu, a protective woven pebble cloak. 12,000 quartz pebbles from Southland and 1000 greywacke pebbles from Kaiaua form the Kakahu which is titled, ‘Te Kahu o Papatuanuku’. By Chris Booth. www.chrisbooth.co.nz
Cave, entranceway to the Kati Kuri marae at Kaikoura, New Zealand, comprises 5000 white limestone pebbles, collected with community assistance from the coast and woven into a helix. Built around a wooden form, the ‘skin’ of pebbles is attached to the stone arcs at each end. By Chris Booth. www.chrisbooth.co.nz
‘Echo van de Veluwe’ Netherlands, made of 310 erratic boulders and in total weighs 32 tons. By Chris Booth. chrisbooth.co.nz
Riverstone Fold at Deadman Gill by Andy Goldsworthy. www.goldsworthy.cc.gla.ac.uk
Rock Landscape by Lew French.
Rhythms of Life
2001, Arava Desert, Israel, 29m x 24m.
By Andrew Rogers. andrewrogers.org
Lions Paw, 2010,
Chyulu Hills, Kenya.
40m x 40m x 2m (131′ × 131′ × 6.6′)
By Andrew Rogers, andrewrogers.org
Spiral of a million stones, no more no less, on the Snake River Bottom, Wilson Wyoming, built for the Center for Wonder with volunteers from the community. Jackson Hole, WY 2009 by Thea Alvin. www.myearthwork.com
After Andy Goldsworthy.
Horse Head by Duncan Elliott.
By Duncan Elliott
Rock Sculpture by Duncan Elliott.
Found Rock Sculpture by Duncan Elliott.
Horse by Duncan Elliott
Last Summer stone sculpture
by Ito Hirotoshi, Japan. Okay, a bit of carving…
Let’s Wrap the Atomic Bomb
by Ito Hirotoshi, Japan.
‘Virgin of Rocks’ by Manuel Garcia Calderon
Rocks assembled on an iron structure, 87 x 114 x 54 cm.
Rock Guard Dog.
By Michael Eckerman.
Slate sculpture of R.J. Mitchell took over 2000 hours. The drawing board can actually tilt. By Stephen Kettle. stephenkettle.co.uk
Slate sculpture of Alan Turing by Stephen Kettle, stephenkettle.co.uk
Close-up, Tom Stogden.
Two circles, slate in a steel frame by Tom Stogden. www.tomstogdon.com
Divided Metropolis by Tom Stogden, slate and metal.
Slate circle by Tom Stogden.
Chelsea Flower Show, 2011.
Sentinel in Southern France by Andy Goldsworthy. www.goldsworthy.cc.gla.ac.uk
by Stephen Kettle,
Stone cairns, no mortar, no glue.
By Thea Alvin, myearthwork.com
Traditional Cairn Sculptures
A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn) yet cairns can be found all over the world. Cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes.
River stone miniature houses
by Michael Stephens, North Carolina. He gives lessons…
River stone miniature house
by Michael Stephens, North Carolina. No glue.
Lew French stone and driftwood sculpture.
Stone Truck, Vermont, funded through Kickstarter.
By Chris Miller. chrismillerstudio.com
Stone VW built in 1976 by a Cornell art class in Ithaca, NY. www.landscapejuicenetwork.com
Ledbury Tree by Micheal Eckerman.
Andy Goldsworthy. www.goldsworthy.cc.gla.ac.uk
Artist unknown, via: theletter.co.uk
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