The Tarriance is a found-object assemblage, environmental art work. It is a sculpture having eternal and ephemeral components.
The 34-stone construction is made from stream-worn “pillow” basalt boulders gathered from a gravel bank along the Santiam River in Mill City, Oregon and 70 year-old hand split, cast-offs collected from an abandoned granite quarry in Haines, Oregon. The stones are held in place by gravity and friction aided by stainless steel pins for lateral strength. The total weight of the piece is 15 tons, the largest stone weighing 4 tons. The piece covers a 10’x30’ area and is 6’ tall at it’s highest point.
Growing around, within and upon the construction are grasses, vines and perennials designed and installed by Todd Lynch.