simple square column

visited the reservation today, went by bike. wanted to make something with more ordered faces, ended up making the top hollow; wanted to build a fire in it, but low and behold, I had forgotten my lighter! oh well. perhaps if it remains standing I will visit it in a few days and post some pics of the column filled with fire.

not the most ambitious of projects, can’t wait to get my groove back.

8 thoughts on “simple square column

  1. Beautiful work Alex, thanks so much for sharing it! I’ve never done any dry stone work, although I’ve read a couple of books on it. I especially liked Listening to Stone by Dan Snow.

    This and all the other works on your blog are really wonderful. It’s surprising how much physical and visceral experience you can get thru pixels on a screen, but I guess it’s the power of all the stone and trees to evoke experience in us.

    Keep up the great work!

      • haha, I guess I assumed you knew it šŸ™‚

        I think it’s the follow up to an earlier book (which I haven’t seen) “In The Company of Stone”

        Anyway, yes, I think you’ll like it: nice photography and subtle but not too heavyhanded philosophy.

        Keep going! Perhaps I’ll be looking at your book one day! šŸ™‚

  2. Reblogged this on I Rez Therefore I Am and commented:
    NEW JERSEY, 5 May — While so many of us were out at May Day Protests today, holding our phones up against the city to experience Augmented Reality interventions, Alex Konczal bicycled to this New Jersey Reservation and built a dry stone column with his hands. Konczal modestly called it a “Simple Square Column,” yet the care and craft of the project, the choice of site and materials, and his photographic composition combine to create a project that invokes surprisingly powerful visceral and organic sensations, even for those only able to experience it remotely as pixels on a screen.

  3. I came upon your creation while while hiking at Watchung today. Very impressive. How long did it take to build?

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