Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sustainability in Art: Lapidary Artistry, "Do you know where your stones come from?"


It is our responsibility to educate ourselves about the environmental impact our creations have on planet Earth. It is time to awaken and take stock of the materials we acquire and implement in our constructions, striving for sustainability whenever and wherever possible.


Over the last seventy-five thousand years, several major glacial epochs have occurred. Scattering tons of rocks across the landscape of West Central Illinois. 


Here are examples of naturally exposed glacial till stratifications and eroded rock sandbars.


Hand collecting stones individually leaves virtually no impact on the ecosystem. 


At Sustainable Stones, we are personally involved in each aspect of the lapidary process. 


Rough then finished petrified wood hand collected and cut by Steve Tieken.


-Steve Tieken

2014 © tanner/tieken 

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