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Pictorial Stones
Pietra paesina

The earth as a landscape painter, inscribing on itself a record of its own lived geomythology.

Pietra paesina

Could we be reading in these pictorial stones the birth pangs of mountains; the deaths of breathless oceans, vaporized by the paroxysms of continental drift; the sorting of dunes by an indulgent river; the melancholic dawn of a twilight-bound, Cambrian day?

One thing is for sure: these terrestrial epics — whatever they might be — are now sung today by a new breed of Homers and Virgils, equipped with electric drills, pick axes and polishing tools.
3 COMMENTS —
  • Pyxmalion
  • June 9, 2006 at 10:16:00 AM CDT
  • About "pictorial stone", the french writer et poet Roger Caillois wrote a very good book about this landscapes and their description. Very poetic !
    Congratulations for your blog who's one the most original, interesting and attractive of the large net galaxy ! I really enjoy to read it each time there's a new post !


  • Becca
  • June 17, 2006 at 11:16:00 PM CDT
  • Bill Atkinson has some beautiful examples of pictorial stone on his photography site: http://www.billatkinson.com/GenerateCatalog.pl?page=0&filter=_Rocks


  • katie
  • June 28, 2009 at 9:47:00 AM CDT
  • lovely, but to me not as moving as some suiseki, or viewing stones, i have seen. the difference is 1) viewing stones are the stones themselves, not pictures of them and 2) the images in them or that they mimic in shape are often more whimsical and less focused on 'landscape' images. the form of giants feet, the imprint of wolves howling at the moon, and this one a prime new york strip steak! -- http://www.suiseki.com/gallery/15-10.jpg


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