Standing Stone Circle Review

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Standing Stone Circle

A Gathering of Six Statuesque Outdoor Colorado Yule Marble Sculptures

To be sold individually, or collectively as one installation, at a reduced price of 20 to 30 percent respectively.

One Day Only:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

11 am to Dusk

Woody Creek, CO

Please email martincooneyart@gmail.com for information – or – If you know where we are simply drop by. Just remember to look for the stone sign at the end of the driveway, ¼ mile down valley from the tavern.

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Wolf Man Jack, Cat Walk, Maypole, Reversed Equation, Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek, CO

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With Saturday’s Sculpture Garden Studio Tour looming fast I thought I would take the opportunity to present the Standing Stone Circle for the first time as a single entity… as if you were to take a virtual tour clockwise as the circle currently stands.

Today we’ll view each of the six sculptures from every angle, in every light, and all the many conditions served up by our Roaring Fork Valley climate. Links are available to whisk you off to each sculpture’s Home Page, where all will be explained, so that by the time you complete the tour you should know a great deal about the sculpture being offered, for one day only I might add, at 20 to 30 percent below their listed price.

Sentimental fool that I am the 30 percent discount applies to the purchase of the complete standing stone circle. Should the circle not sell whole (which would be a damn shame) then each of the six hand carved marble sculptures – each signed and inscribed with its serial number upon the underside of its base –  will be offered at a discount of 20 percent. Transport the sculpture home and save yourself a further 10 percent.

Should you be in a position to attend Saturday’s event I would be delighted to lead you through the carving process and explain the particular contribution each sculpture has made to my sculptural journey. Their significance in forging my Direct Carving Curvilinear Method however cannot be over emphasized, for it was during their creation that I first caught glimpse of the astounding array of possibilities that lay ahead. The up-scaling that took place during the 1314 Winter Collection proved once and for all that marble, regardless of scale, can and will adhere to Curvilinear principles. No Eureka moment per se, just sculpture after sculpture telling me the same thing: “you’re onto something here, mate”.

The Masques, the later high-end Hand Carved Marble Bowls… all owe their existence to the confidence gained from carving the standing stones, along with the vision that first manifested itself and grew from the creation of the circle.

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'American Robins' wait out the weather. Birds, snow,

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The Deep Winter Snowscape Garden Video Photo Tour 2014 02 04

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 The world is brimming with the remains of standing stones, some plain and some wildly embellished – Mayan stelae for instance. When it comes to the ancient practice of standing stones upon their ends in order to denote a special place we have to dig a very long way back in human history in order to shed even the vaguest light upon its origins. Think Stonehenge of course, but a great many far less iconic circles lay scattered across the entire northern hemisphere and beyond.

Stand a stone on its end and its a standing stone. Position them in a circle however and their placement assumes far greater significance than is the case with the positioning of individual sculpture, pairings, or smaller groupings.

A circle is a ring, and a ring confers strength greater than the sum of its parts. Human beings have sought comfort in this arrangement for a very, very long time. Some things we just know to be true. A standing stone circle denotes and demonstrates strength – the strength to endure, the strength it takes to live.

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Terrible Lizard, Snowgoyles, Three Faces  Standing Stone, Woody Creek CO.

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To endure the sort of conditions meted out throughout the calendar year here in Woody Creek all my outdoor sculpture must weather violent snow-packed storms, hot blistering sun, biting winds and near Arctic sub-zero nights. And this they do with no aid or assistance from me, myself or anyone else – they are to all intents and purposes maintenance free.

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Oblique Perspective right, Three Faces center, Snowgoyles left, Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek CO.

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Maypole, Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek CO.

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Stone Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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'Pilgrim, Autumn of 14 Collection by Martin Cooney

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We will, for reasons I hope will become apparent, begin our tour with Inner Strength, a piece particularly close to my heart. Perhaps an odd choice at first glance, as his credentials are hardly curvilinear but his place within the circle was secure right from the off. His was the first podium to go up – and he was the first standing stone to tough out a notoriously hostile Colorado Rocky Mountain winter, paving the way for the others to take up their positions as conditions subsided and the ground sufficiently thawed. I won’t repeat his creation story as it may be viewed in full by clicking here. Similarly I won’t be divulging much about the carving process for, as with all my collection sculpture, a full account may be obtained by visiting the appropriate Home Page… hyper-linked of course at each opportunity along the way. Simply run your browser over the headline, click, and voila! In fact I think I’ll simply take a back seat and let the pictures do the talking.

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'Inner Strength'

‘Inner Strength’

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Inner Strength

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'Oblique Perspective', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by MARTIN COONEY

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'Oblique Perspective', Colorado Yule Marble, 1314 Winter Collection by MARTIN COONEY

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Catwalk, Maypole right, Oblique Perspective left. Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek CO.

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'Reversed Equation'

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'Reverse Equation'

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Reverse Equation

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studio: Reversed Equation, Sea Monster, sculpture garden

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'Wolf Man Jack'

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Wolf Man Jack, Oblique Perspective right, Snowgoyles, Three Faces left, Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek CO.

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'Wolf Man Jack' by MARTIN COONEY

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Wolf Man Jack

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'Catwalk'. 'Wolf Man Jack', The Sculpture Garden, Woody Creek CO

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'Catwalk'. 'Wolf Man Jack', 'Oblique Perspective', The Sculpture Garden, Woody Creek CO

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Catwalk, Maypole right, Oblique Perspective left.

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Cat walk

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Cat Walk

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Cat walk, Maypole, Reversed Equation, ,Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek, CO

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Oblique Perspective, Maypole

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'Reverse Equation', 'Maypole' 9:42 to 44 pm, June 19 2015

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Maypole Reflection, detail

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Maypole

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Cat Walk, Maypole, Reversed Equation, Inner Strength, Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek, CO

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Wolf Man Jack, Cat Walk, Maypole, Reversed Equation, Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek, CO

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Don’t forget that two more Sculpture Garden Studio Tours are to take place in August and September.

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July 25

featuring the standing stone circle

August 15

featuring hand carved marble bowls

September 5

featuring The Maiden Collection

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Thanks for visiting martincooney.com

Hopefully at least one of the above dates will work for you.

Cheers!

Author, Standing Stones, Woody Creek, Colorado

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