SOUNDS OF A STONE HOME

Title:

SOUNDS OF A STONE HOME

When and Where:

On location at the stone quarries at Millstone Hill in Barre Town, Vermont.

As part of the group exhibition ON THE PLANET

Presented by Studio Place Arts.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, September 5, 2010: 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Ideas:

SOUNDS OF A STONE HOME is a shimmer of sound that explores the comings and goings of the creatures, people and things who inhabit the stonequarries at Millstone Hill in Barre Town, Vermont.

This place is both abandoned and found. Tall walls of cut stone are stacked in these woods. Trees grow from their cracks and wildlife dwells in their crevices. Nearby stone quarries are flooded with blue-green water. What was once the metal and wood track of the railroad is now a grassy path that meanders through the past and present.



Exhibition Experience:


A remix of the the quarry’s natures and cultures was amplified from the stones that align the now grassy paths hiking and biking paths. Carefully placed “Listen” signage was placed nearby.

One hundred years ago, Millstone Hill was the site of over 75 small independent quarry operations, fueling Barre’s dramatic 19th century growth and prosperity. Virtually every square foot of millstone hill was cleared and quarried. During the 20th century, as quarry operations consolidated, these smaller independents closed down. Gradually the quarries filled with water and the forest returned. What was a virtual industrial wasteland was reclaimed by nature.

Listen:

 

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