ITHAKA 24 - Stones (On Landmarks)

IΘΑΚΑ 24_Stones (on Landmarks)
(Finistere, Bretagne)

The object (600 stones):  black stones collected along train railways
The project: 
In the coastline of Bretagne you will still find -apparently invisible and merged with the landscape - small
mountains of railway pebbles (stones) there at your disposal to be thrown in the sea. Its not a sculpture, it has no author, it is there to provoke the “throw” of any visitor. It is there as a landmark. The personal Contemplating situation of the throw. 

This video is about the physical process of the land art installation prior to that personal contemplating situation of the throw.


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The object (600 stones)

black stones collected along train railways

The installation

The stones are abandoned on the seafront in a form of a small mountain. Ready to be thrown in the water. Intervention by visitors is encouraged and therefore the installation is ephemeral.

The installation is organic and wishes to merge in with the natural landscape (mountain form), but at the same time
to maintain its artificial “plasticity” placed by man - intervention. 

The landmark

The site chosen is an apparently inaccessible landmark. 
A site that one often observes from a distance but rarely visits because of its uncertain accessibility. 
Often hidden, accessible and rarely dangerous. 

Acts as a “bouy” and engages a visiting experience.

The situation

This intervention (through the presence of an object - stone) wishes to amplify the visitors exploring experience.  
The stone throwing - despite its apparent simplicity - engages the body to experience the metaphorical “texture” of the landscape. 

The throwing action (both as a game or as a action of solitude and contemplation) eventually connects the thrower with the surrounding elements (land, sea and the distance). The stone voyages to the horizon.