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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney

Mountains of Moab / 1314 Winter Collection / Colorado Yule Marble

36 x 7 x 4″ / 27.4 lbs / SN131101 / $1,180

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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I love the very beginning of things.   I have loved the opening shot of just about every movie I have ever seen.   Springtime is my favorite time of year.  I love the first sip of wine,  the first bite of dinner and the first snowflake to fall out of the sky.     And so at times such as these,   when I find myself poised to carve a brand new collection of Colorado Yule marble sculpture I endeavor to savor the moment,   and bask in the sheer thrill of it all.    For now a full year has passed since the finishing touches to Work in Progress signaled the completion of the final piece of The Maiden Collection’s 41 individual sculptures,   and after several wonderful summer months carving limestone for the Sculpture Garden,  I’m eager to get to grips with marble once more and explore new horizons  as I begin work on the 1314 Winter Collection.     When I set about to carve the piece of stone that was to become ‘Mountains of Moab’ the block was brand new to me.    Generally I keep various pieces of stone in my yard for such a period that I gradually get to know them;  see them in different lights, from every angle and in all kinds of weather,   but I had only recently split this piece of Colorado Yule Marble,  a week or ten days earlier.   However,  the way this block had split made easy my decision to carve a piece of marble I had barely got to know.   For in the brief time I had to examine and study the stone it immediately became clear that I had a mountain range on my hands.   The pointy tops of each peak is in fact a tiny remnant fleck of the wall that formed when I drilled the one inch holes accommodating the plug and feathers.   The tapered shapes of the mountainsides are a visual representation of the forces and pressures created when I hammered down on the line of wedges,  an immense force that built to such an incredible point that it split the block in two.   I liken it to lightening.   In fact that’s the word I use when I recognize the familiar signs:  The deep resonating cracks,   splits and groans   that emanate from deep within the marble also somewhat resemble the flashes and rumbles of thunder and lightening.   From the moment I laid eyes on these perfectly formed mini mountains a particular set of peaks immediately sprang to mind,  from a memorable visit to Moab several years ago.

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney

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'Mountains of Moab', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney

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