Opening

I carved Opening into a granite boulder that I found on the beach, developing it into a flower in the process of opening to the world.  The inside is delicate and organic, while the outside is still as rough as I found it, including numerous barnacles that still cling to the stone.

The greatest challenge in carving it was to develop the boundaries between its several different textures.  At the rim of the flower, a highly-polished inner surface meets both the rough, uncarved surface of the boulder and a rough surface carved with a pneumatic hammer.  Down inside the corolla of the flower, the same polished surface meets the sharply-indented surface of the pistil carved with a spinning diamond-covered ball.  Most difficult of all was to carve right up to the barnacles with the pneumatic hammer without dislodging them.

Photos by Lee Gass.