Friday, April 23, 2010
Sculpture and Basalt Fountains
image from NW Stone works
We're lucky here in Pacific Northwest to have beautiful natural stone. Here at the studio that means round river boulders, remnants of the Missoula Floods. A short drive away are many volcanic flows of basalt. The most beautiful basalt is columnar. It has naturally faceted sides and is stunning. That's how it looks naturally, in above photo.
While at the Home and Garden Idea Fair, I saw a well designed fountain made from three choice columns. Designed by Krista Lawrence of Eden's Gate Landscape Design. It was made by Tom Monaghan of NW Stoneworks and installed in the display garden of North Fork Landscape.
You can see a slide show of the entire process of Tom making the fountain here.
It incorporates three basalt columns, one horizontal that acts as a cradle and base for the other two. It's a distillation of our natural waterfalls and is both natural and a very abstract landscape. Perfect for the right garden at $15,000.