Mountains of Moab
Mountains of Moab / 1314 Winter Collection / Colorado Yule Marble
36 x 7 x 4″ / 27.4 lbs / SN131101 / $1,150
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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 plug and feather 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.
Mountains of Moab
Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney
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