Stone

Stone abides.  It instantiates the solidity of the earth underneath our feet.  It endures.  Or does it too evolve and change into something else?  The following images represent some of the examples that you will find discussed in Macauley’s interstice on Stone.  Chose an image to offer a comment upon.  What does stone connote to you?

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Stone

  1. jpost says:

    The size of the statues people have created is amazing. The time and effort put into it is unfathomable and I love how they’re there virtually forever.

  2. ekidney says:

    I believe the city in the clouds can offer either of those options – ascending or escaping. The choice would be personal. In some situations, it may not even be a choice, it could be both. Some might use the city as a way to get away from the rest of the world or the way our society pollutes the elements – the escaping aspect – while others may be looking to be closer to a god or the elements themselves – to ascend to a better place.

    • wcturgeon says:

      Elizabeth, thoughtful response. Getting nearer the gods and escaping our own destruction of earth–both symbolic readings of this place. Maybe also to keep away from others?

      • ekidney says:

        I definitely think so. Some people may also just enjoy the landscape there and appreciate it enough to live in this type of seclusion to be closer to it to better appreciate it.

  3. Anthony Tramontano says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny_G0nG8qJI

    Human error, or alien brilliance? These are the questions…

  4. tvillez says:

    With the Maoi statues of Easter Island, I find it very interesting that they are all pointing out to sea. Since these people of Easter Island were basically trapped on the island since they used up all their resources and had to resort to cannibalism in some cases, were these statues ways of looking for means of help? I wish there were answers but it is quite possible that we will never know why they were there. Maybe the people believed that since they couldn’t be at every part of the island everyday searching for an escape, the statues would be the lookout searching for an escape for them. Then again maybe they didn’t even want to escape the island. So many questions, so little answers. They did find that some statues have bodies hidden underground which I did not know.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/easter-island-statues-full-bodies-contain-ancient-petroglyphs-235631403.html
    Stone is underneath our feet, but the statue’s feet are underground. Kind of ironic and maybe symbolic. Another unanswered question.

  5. Amanda Bonkoski says:

    The statue in the stone (third picture on the top) is beautiful to me. For someone to take the time to carve something so intricate and detail oriented is fascinating to me. I’m envious because I would not have the patience or skills to do that. I don’t know the name of the statue or the reason for why it was carved but I am very interested in learning more.

  6. Samantha says:

    I was actually flipping channels the other day and saw something about the statues on Easter Island. There were some archeologists digging around the heads and found that they all had bodies buried underground. And of course the bodies were not proportionate to the heads (because then they would be huge) but I thought it was very interesting to see that whoever built these also put the time and effort in to create the whole statue.
    I missed if they mentioned what they discovered the truth, but they were contemplating wether the statues were buried on purpose, or if it happened naturally due to erosion and sedimentation.

  7. kkremmelbein says:

    I personally like the picture of the kaaba because it shows the connection between stone and religion. In my church and even in my front yard there are statues of important religious figures made out of stone; it’s something very common yet overlooked. I think that the statues being made of stone may represent the eternality of these important religious figures. They could easily be made out of plastic, but stone has much more meaning. It’s amazing what intricate designs people can create using such a difficult medium like stone. Every summer I go on vacation upstate to Schroon Lake and nearby there is a really interesting place called Natural Stone Bridge and Caves. I didn’t think much of this at first, but it was very eye-opening to see the amazing structures, all made out of stone, that have been there for so long.

    • ekidney says:

      I think that the fact that the religious statues are made out of stone rather than plastic makes them more significant in every day life. If they were plastic, they might be placed in the same category as fake jack-o-lanterns and Santas or something of cheap quality you could easily throw out. Being made of stone almost sends a message that someone put more thought into them than plastic figurines that are manufactured by the thousands in a factory.

      • wcturgeon says:

        True, but if I put stone Easter Island figures on my lawn, wouldn’t there still be something fake or less significant about them?

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