nature memorials

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.

–Theodore Roosevelt, inscription at the entrance to the Natural History Museum, NYC

Human beings have used stone for as long as they have been making sculpture. Our memorials have, as subject matter; our gods, our heroes, our greatest achievements, our changing ideals detailed for eternity. Most major museums are containers for stone. and, as a result, the possibility of an uninterpreted history exists. It is our direct connection to those who walked before us, Today we use stone for our bathrooms and kitchens, altering mountains to do so.

I choose marble with this history in mind. Each chosen stone has a memory, as it was discarded for it’s originally quarried purpose. The memorials are nature’s moments, fleeting, seemingly abundant, and some, up until the last century not seen by the naked eye. Edgerton’s overused photograph of water has changed our perception, we “know” what water looks like. But, simultaneously we “change” it, the identifying shape is that of the containers we purchase daily.