I have always had a close relationship with
I spent many a teenage weekend scrambling around caves in Devon, Wales,
the Mendips and Yorkshire.
My interest in such natural phenomena
limestone in which 'proper' caves are found and grew to
all of (ley) geology.
and stone have their own feel - both
and visual - and this changes with type of rock. Knowledge of the
processes that formed the stone bings its own intimate reaction.
lava that must have spewed from the
form the Solidified Lava Cliffs would have sent its initial gouts up
from the sea floor, building and building until it broiled into life as
an island. Imagine having been there to watch.
echoes of a stone's past, dimly or
felt, affect all of us differently in the viewing and handling of such
way that man treats stone to bend it to his own will - and the
conflicts, soft and hard - are worthy of a pause for thought.
can always be an expressional response, speaking consciously or
unconciously on behalf of the
majority, on political or military strictures.
stone in the simple, underfoot service of man. This granite surface
from a 500 year-old quay is worn by centuries of passing feet.