Earth Measure – July 19, 2013

A landscape view of the major elements of Earth Measure - 7-16-13

A landscape view of the major elements of Earth Measure – 7-16-13

Matt Weir early on a day of carving stone. 7-19-13

Matt Weir early on a day of carving stone. 7-19-13

Matt Weir has been hard at work installing Earth Measure at Bernheim over the past several months.  The work is a landscape scale collection of mostly geometric elements inspired by the life work of Barry Bingham Jr. who was involved in media, newspapers, photography and nature. That’s a short list. Before Barry’s death in April of 2006 he was a trustee of Bernheim.  Matt’s sculpture is a tribute to Barry funded by an anonymous donor.  For me, the project has afforded an opportunity to witness the creation of what will be a monument that will last far beyond anyone currently involved in the project.  Perhaps one day these pictures and the the stories they tell will be an important reminder of the beginnings.  For now, it’s a rare opportunity to be a fly-on-the-wall as stone is added and then chipped away.  The grassy lawn in the middle of the piece will make a great place for a party one day soon.  Since I’ve got keys perhaps there will be a late night shindig there sometime soon.

Matt putting straps on the bench stones to move them into place. 7-19-13

Matt putting straps on the bench stones to move them into place. 7-19-13

Looking through the lens to the prism. 7-19-13

Looking through the lens to the prism. 7-19-13

This is what your feet look like when you carve limestone. 7-19-13

This is what your feet look like when you carve limestone. 7-19-13

Progress on the stone dish facing the lens element. 7-19-13

Progress on the stone dish facing the lens element. 7-19-13

Matt still hasn't figured out how to levitate stone with his mind.  But when he does...

Matt still hasn’t figured out how to levitate stone with his mind. But when he does…

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