This stone carving was sculpted out of a lavender-gray marble (with many colors running
through it, including red, yellow, and green) called Shunaya by the Canadian stone quarry
from which it hails. This one-of-a-kind stone artwork weighs about 37 pounds and may be displayed indoors or out.
Carving the Marble Stone
People often ask me, "How long did it take you to carve that?" This is one of the most
difficult questions to answer. Although it is possible to determine physical carving time, it is the
conception of the idea that is harder to measure. Often, coming up with the idea is the more
time-consuming end of the artistic pursuit.
"Marble Man," as I referred to "Adam" up until about a week before the carving was completed,
originated from an unusual shaped stone that weighed 97 pounds. As is my way, I had the stone sitting
on one of my carving stands so I could see him throughout my day. My bedroom window faces out on
my carving area and one morning in April 2002, I looked out and saw the shape in the stone.
Below, I have tried to recreate for you how the idea for the sculpture shaped up. The image on the
left is of the Shunaya marble as received from the quarry. The smooth areas (bottom horizontal section and the top right shape)
are cuts made by the quarry. The rough section in the middle is a "natural" break, meaning that the rock was split
in those sections were the blades did not reach. In this case, it was the blade marks from the
quarry cuts that suggested the outline of the right arm and the triangles of the legs of a sloping figure.
When I get a stone that has unusual protruding parts, I like to incorporate them
into the overall design. I like the idea of collaborating with the stone to create art.
The images on the left were taken before any carving began. I probably had seen the
figure in the stone the day before and was getting ready to start the physical work. The date
on these images is April 13, 2002. I must have taken these digital images in the morning,
since I had to finish a mold for another piece that afternoon. I remember the date clearly since
later that afternoon, my companion Zac died peacefully at home with me. That may explain why
my next "photolog" images were not taken until May 26th.
In the pair of images below (top view), the red arrow on the right denotes the top edge of the stone.
I really tried to use as much of the original shape of the stone in the composition. I apologize that these images
are not taken from exactly that same point of view, but I hope you get the idea. This marble
is much harder than the Colorado Yule Marble and even other Canadian marbles that I have carved before. I broke a couple
of my favorite chisels and ended up buying quite a few carbide- and diamond-tipped tools. I
worked on this stone whenever I had some time leftover from completing other works and this
stone carving was finally completed on January 8, 2003. "Adam" is my first full figure
completed in stone and certainly the most complicated composition I have tried to carve from stone to date.