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This book is a collaboration between a renowned British sculptor and an Italian photographer. "Carving the Mountain" is about the 'idea' of stone, its origins and history. It takes us to one of the great sources of our western culture and history: the part of the Alps where Rodin, Michelangelo and Canova quarried stone, and which is still used by sculptors today. The images and texts unveil the quarries poetically, geologically and technologically, showing how time and man's intrusion have affected these landscapes. "Carving the Mountain" redraws the map and asks, what is being formed, and what destroyed?
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The book brings together 120 stunning colour photographs, Michelangelo's poems, texts from classical works on quarries and stone and an overview of Carrara's history by Stephen Cox. This book will appeal to anyone who is passionate about contemporary or classical sculpture.About the Author:
Stephen Cox has been exploring quarries for twenty years. The stone of Egypt, India and Italy inspires his sculpture. He is an international artist and is presently a part of the Encounters exhibition at the National Gallery in London.
Guido Buffoni is a commercial photographer who has documented the quarries of northern Italy since the 1970s.
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