The Elephant Table
The elephant table is a family of six similar stones. Related in form, geometry and aesthetic origin, the six pieces are individual elements gathered together to compose an imperfect yet complete and wonderful whole. Conversely, the table is a singular entity dissolving into six independent shapes with delicate fault lines and subtle idiosyncrasies.
The two largest stones are bound together and structurally anchor the four smallest stones. The family assumes new figures as the the stones are reorganized; but the table is only truly complete when all six pieces are settled and the larger graining of the Mesa Quartzite flows from stone to stone.
The tones and rings of the Mesa Quartzite echo impressions of wind and tide along the beach, rippling water, aging growth rings of a tree. The figures are organic, painterly, ethereal.
Particular attention has been given to defining the boundaries for each piece. As the various stones come together, their edges rationalize into orthogonal corners and the Mesa’s grain bridges seamlessly from piece to piece. Moving away from shared faces of contact, the edges gain independence and soften to reveal the grain as the essential fiber knitted through the thickness of each and every stone.