If you’ve ever looked at the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching you may have noticed a resemblance to stacks ...
With a strong northwesterly wind whipping “snownados” up from the frosty ground outside, I’m in the studio devising hypotheticals for ...
A raindrop splashing on still water ripples the surface with expanding wave rings that grow in number as they diminish ...
There’s much to be considered in the process of producing of a stone memorial. Even something as simple as a ...
While chipping away on stones going into the making of a cairn last week, my client’s daughter came into the ...
Building dry stone art is often a solitary pursuit. Accomplishments take place in the long stretches between contact with others. As my projects expand into the public realm the way forward is peppered with people. For someone whose focus has been on engagement with inert matter, to be devoting attention to a multiplicity of human […]
Dry stone walling instruction introduces the two faces of gravity to workshop participants. Gravity is both glue and lubricant; holding stones in place and slipping them apart. Opposites are at work at all times and that dichotomy is at the heart of dry stone construction. The earth’s gravitational force is pervasive, ever-present and unstoppable. It’s […]
Dan Snow Artist Statement for Stone Clouds Eyes on the Land, Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education at Shelburne Museum from October 3, 2015 through January 3, 2016. http://shelburnemuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-the-land/ Stone Clouds is a tribute to the sustainable agriculture practiced by generations of Mettawee Valley farmers who’ve picked tons of stones from their fields, all by […]
Getting myself out of the trouble I put myself in is the objective. The final product may be an art piece but that’s not the half of it. Problem making and problem solving is the bulk of the trade. The shape of a project is pointy at opposite ends and lumpy in the middle. The […]
The cat is out of the bag. Until now, I’ve had to keep it confidential, but today The Scotsman and North Star News published images and copy regarding Rock Springs, the dry stone art piece I completed in July for Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain, Scotland. Constructed from locally sourced “rescue” stones, the commissioned land art […]
An amphitheater is a directionally focalized outdoor seating area. The curved risers allow the presenter’s voice to be heard clearly by the entire audience, and they are afforded uninterrupted sightlines to the presenter. The two things that most improve acoustics in an amphitheater are the decrease of ambient sound and the increase in audience membership. […]
“Permanent” is one adjective I associate with my dry stone constructions. When I was asked to make a temporary installation on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum for the upcoming “Eyes on the Land” exhibition, some very different affiliations sprang to mind. And so, as I became acquainted with the Vermont Land Trust properties in […]
It’s commonly understood that clocks measure time passing, but I happen to think that clocks actually measure our passage through time. In my view, time is a static omnipresence. The swirling signet carved on the Cadboll stone, and other Pictish stones, is an attempt by a people to represent their existence in time. The symbol […]
Tomorrow begins the seventh week in Scotland producing a piece of dry stone land art. While the work, itself, must be kept a mystery for a while longer, other aspects of the stay may be of interest. Unlike the rugged upland landscape typically associated with the Highlands, the Tarbat is a low-lying peninsula of rolling […]
The whorling pattern of convoluted forms in the signet carved on the Cadboll Stone has a deep history. Before the pattern became emblematic of Picts culture, the earlier Celts employed a similar iconography in what is understood to be their graphic representation of time. If I think of the signet in terms of time, I […]