This sculpture explores the relationship between visitors and the waterway as a poetic intersection, creating a place for contemplation and meditation. Compositionally, this work has a relationship with the placement of stones in traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese gardens, and with stone lanterns used in these spaces to illuminate a path or point of view.
Linear elements of steel geometrically frame and position riverbed boulders in three locations along Pogue’s Run. By elevating the stones above the ground plane, we are invited to more closely reflect upon their considerable weight and the impact that wind, water, and the passage of time can impose.
Housing these organic masses in regimented structures mirrors the human desire to control the forces of nature. It also orients the stones in a more transient position, directly referencing the stones situated within the flow of the nearby stream. To further amplify this and to make a more direct connection between the literal and poetic qualities of running water and the passage of time, the work invites visitors to listen to the sound of water washing and tumbling over stones. This element can be explored by scanning a QR code embedded in the base of the sculpture, connecting visitors with an audio link to the sound of a nearby section of Pogue’s Run.