The urge to work with stone comes from a deeply irrational place; it has a been a bit of a puzzle to me why I have been so consistently drawn to working on the Stone Sanctuary for the last three years.
In the next chapters, I hope to explore the symbolism of stones and the psychological process of working with stones.
The work above is the work at the entrance to the Stone Sanctuary, completed in the fall of 2014. It is “dry-stone walling” — there is no mortar used in the construction of the wall, as are most of the structures in the Sanctuary.
These stones are almost all from the same truckload, from an area several hours south of Fairbanks. I think they must come from the Green Stone Mountain.
“Words and paper did not seem real enough to me.
To put my fantasies on solid footing, something more was needed.
I had to achieve a kind of representation in stone of my innermost thoughts and of the knowledge I had acquired.
Put another way, I had to make a confession of faith in stone.
That was the beginning of the tower, the house I built for myself at Bollingen.”
Memories, Dreams and Reflections