Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art

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Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art


19 × 25 cm | 10 × 8 in
160 ills | 208 pages

Editor: Andrew Patrizio

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Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art is a fascinating exploration into the world of stone work. It comprises a photographic journey that depicts Edinburgh College of Art's Stone Project, led by Jake Harvey, Noe Mendelle and Joel Fisher. Their three years of research-based travel to countries around the world are explored through essays, case studies, photographs and film stills.

Guiding the reader through the traditional processes of extracting stone and the plethora of tools and techniques used, Harvey, Mendelle and Fisher delve into the history of stone work, whilst simultaneously situating it within contemporary practice. The opening photo essay on 'The Quarry' features breathtaking photographs taken over the past century that depict quarries around the world. The authors then follow the material's journey from its birthplace and through the various methods of extraction, exploring the material's evolution into something new through an array of sculptural techniques, whilst also giving voice to the quarry workers and stonemasons responsible. Contemporary stone sculpture and stone carving is featured within the book, which highlights artists using stone within their practice, such as Marc Quinn, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gerard Mas, Isamu Noguchi and Louise Bourgeois. Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art includes previously unseen images of their work in production, and in stone-working 'laboratories' and quarries. A visually stimulating title, Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art is the ideal introduction to stone work and the perfect addition to the bookshelves of those with an interest in arts, crafts and architecture.