The 2017 work year was a variety-pack of projects and travels bringing rocks and people together. Projects from 2017 now lie nestled in snow, while projects for 2018 are already underway.
A 300 yard-long consumption wall had its cobblestone cap heaped on in early spring to complete the second phase of a three part restoration project on a New Hampshire hilltop.
With the last snowstorm of the season falling, a cave made of heavy slabs took shape on a property in Vermont, completed in time for grass to grow around it before a TCLF (The Cultural Landscape Foundation) event took place on the property in July.
Not all proposals received the go ahead but we made it to the final four in two public competitions during the year, one for a community in Scotland, and the other for the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Two stand-alone sculptures were created for local clients. Isosceles took the classic form of a cope-topped fence with a protruding stile, and Granite Jenga employed a dozen hand-split granite beams to shape a lattice-work sculpture.
The third phase of the New Hampshire field wall project made headway throughout the rainy summer with deep mud keeping things interesting on the site. All the stones in this hefty construction were set by excavator.
By late August we were ready to escape to northern lands for artist residencies in Finland and Norway. Seven studio works and two environmental art installations were completed at island retreats before three weeks of travels and family visits and workshops began. Urban stays included art-full days hopping off city bikes for museum visits. Travels through gorgeous Nordic landscapes and island archipelagos by car and ferry, included stops at land art and sculpture parks in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. An epic trip, rich with art experiences, all the richer for the community of artists, travelers, friends and family we met along the way.
Thanks for reading! Wishing you a rock-filled 2018.