Indiana Carving Symposium 2001
Bloomington, Indiana
24 sculptors...24 very big stones...7 days

The Dirt and Grit and Fun

When I first arrive at the limestone carving site, I'm awed by the monolithic stones awaiting transformation. In a week there will be 24 nearly completed sculptures.
There is mine. I don't remember wanting such a tall slender stone. What was I thinking?
Within minutes everyone grabs a diamond blade and starts making dust.
I start off carving away junks trying to "get to the figure".Make that block have curves.
In the morning, I am still dustfree and recognizable. By lunch much of the stone is covering my features but the figure starts to break out of the stone.
When its time to carve the other side,you need Jason and his trusty machine. You really want to be certain before you turn it over.
Mary, from Minnesota, uses a grinder and a diamond blade to cut sections that she will later knock off with a chisel.
When he is not turning stones, Jason manages to use his pneumatic chisel to create his own sculpture.
Slowly she begins to become a sculpture "on all sides".
Mark, from NY,puts us all to shame by having his floating figure almost finished by the end of the week.Note his model.
I was very excited when I carved through the legs and put a "hole" in my piece. Now she was truly free of the block.
Time to go. The week is over.She waits to be picked up. A couple of my fellow sculptors manevered her into the back of my Subaru. She was only about 525 lbs. Now how do I get her out?
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A Limestone Commission