Woodland Dolmens

It was excavator ballet at Hogpen Hill Farms this week. I had four machines at my disposal for the assembly of stone structures. Under Edward Tufte’s direction, the polite march of table tops created during previous sessions evolved into a stagger of dolmens. The new pieces, inspired by ancient lithic structures, progressed south along a wooded ridge-line in combinations of two, three and four stones.

The legs were set with half their mass below grade for stability. Tops rested in triangular constellations on the high points of three legs. When only two legs were used, the top of one leg was broad enough to cradle the top stone. By having the smallest contact area possible, a six-ton boulder appears to hover above the ground.

Brian Post joined me in choosing and setting stones. John F. and Tom W. kept everything moving smoothly with the big machines. Together, we raised more than a dozen structures, and we did it safely which is the ultimate measure of successful work. 

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4 Responses to Woodland Dolmens

  1. Chuck Eblacker May 29, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    The dolmens sit perfectly in those woods! Looks like you guys had fun on ET’s large playground. Can’t wait to see where your imagination takes you next. All the best, Chuck

    • Dan Snow May 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      ET has a broad vision for his sculpture park and an eye for refining the details of each piece. It is also great to have all the materials for art making on site, and the will and skill of outstanding co-workers.

  2. limewindow May 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Wow – I love how they drift along the contour of land and how delicate they sit. Some operation!

    • Dan Snow May 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      The makers desire is to leave something new that pleases its place. Thanks for your keen observations.

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