My classmate, Hass, and I were standing on a rooftop on the lower west side of Manhattan watching a dance ...
Plans made for potential events in the distant future rely on wishful, sometimes magical, thinking. One example that comes to ...
Concluding her remarks at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation roast recently, Hillary Clinton said, “…for each of us, our ...
My classmate, Hass, and I were standing on a rooftop on the lower west side of Manhattan watching a dance performance taking place in a vacant lot across the street when he nudged me and whispered, “That’s Robert Smithson.” The tall guy to my left at the parapet, in a cowboy hat and black trench […]
Plans made for potential events in the distant future rely on wishful, sometimes magical, thinking. One example that comes to mind is that of friends who purchased a magnum of wine at the time of their daughter’s birth with the intention of it being uncorked on the day she was married (she was and it […]
Concluding her remarks at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation roast recently, Hillary Clinton said, “…for each of us, our greatest monument on this earth won’t be what we build, but the lives we touch.” She was speaking about doing good deeds toward those living around us. But what about those who lived in the […]
The gem industry has very successfully paired stone types with general topics of personal interest. Zodiac signs and milestone life-events are examples of gems being assigned by association to gift giving opportunities. The phrase, “A diamond is forever”, first appeared in a De Beers Mines ad in 1948 connecting the gem to wedding engagement. Less […]
I can only imagine the pride a 19th century homesteader might have had, on the completion of a hand-dug, stone-lined water well. The clear, cold water contained in it would have been an essential ingredient for any hill farm’s success. Some old wells are still in use today at venerable New England homes, while other […]
Just as the removal of one letter from the word ”whole” creates a “hole”, the loss of a family member leaves a void for those left behind. One way to help heal the rift is to remember the departed with a permanent marker on the landscape. A stone memorial can fuse the acknowledgment of their […]
As part of its 40th anniversary, the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont commissioned me to create a permanent, interactive, environmental art piece. The result is a 1,000 sq. ft. dry stone and stainless steel sculpture that rises like a geologic upthrust from the open space alongside the museum entryway. Visitors can walk, climb […]
A shark must be constantly moving onward to pass water through its mouth to the gills where oxygen is extracted. Similarly, forward momentum is essential for bringing a land art shark to life. During the month of May, a 22 meter long sculpture surfaced on the quad at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. The dorsal […]
If you’ve ever looked at the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching you may have noticed a resemblance to stacks of stones. Each hexagram is a different arrangement of six lines, some solid and others broken in the middle; a little like a wall with random gaps between stones. It’s the randomness that lends fair […]
With a strong northwesterly wind whipping “snownados” up from the frosty ground outside, I’m in the studio devising hypotheticals for an unfrozen future. There’s time enough for a wonderland of “what ifs” to decorate the internal landscape when the porch thermometer reads 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Most are just a smokeless pipe dream, but sometimes an […]
A raindrop splashing on still water ripples the surface with expanding wave rings that grow in number as they diminish in height. From the purity of the physics involved comes a simple beauty. Liquid in motion is mesmerizing to watch because it’s constantly changing while remaining the same. For the upcoming project at Montshire Museum […]
There’s much to be considered in the process of producing of a stone memorial. Even something as simple as a bench requires discussion about setting, size, shape, materials, and the wording, layout and carving of a dedication. Often there are many family members and friends involved in the choices to be made. My task as […]