looking at stone . . .

August 23, 2011

Looking at and sourcing stone for a project yesterday  . . . . but also dropped into a nursery to view bamboos and other shrubby material and saw these little beauties, looking inquisitive:

That’s the end of softness – hardness now follows. At the stone supplier, in Thurrock, at the arse (my view! but said with a fondness) end of the city, the chalk excavation at the side of the site always holds my eye; this land was a quarry and before that the site of Belmont Castle (1795). Thurrock means ‘the bottom of a ship’ and was, years ago, a ship building area but, now, the home of Lakeside Shopping Centre – ugh! – and industry.

It’s a hard, dusty, unforgiving place but full of interest to strange folks like landscape designers . . . mountains of loose stone to assess and thousands of jumbo bags of differing aggregates  . . . .

. . . also tactile boulder stone attractively contained in mesh columns.

Finally, the decision was made to use some of these largish pieces of rough hewn quartzite as below.

One will be drilled and dished to form the focus of the feature which should have a connection with the Neruda piece. Watch this space for finished result.

In the wave-strike over unquiet stones
the brightness bursts and bears the rose
and the ring of water contracts to a cluster
to one drop of azure brine that falls.
O magnolia radiance breaking in spume,
magnetic voyager whose death flowers
and returns, eternal, to being and nothingness:
shattered brine, dazzling leap of the ocean.
Merged, you and I, my love, seal the silence
while the sea destroys its continual forms,
collapses its turrets of wildness and whiteness,
because in the weft of those unseen garments
of headlong water, and perpetual sand,
we bear the sole, relentless tenderness.  Pablo Neruda

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