Sounds of a Stone Home

Sounds of 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.

Hypersonic Sound Speakers (HSS) were used in this installation.

As part of the group exhibition On the Planet
On location at the stone quarries at Millstone Hill in Barre Town, Vermont.

Presented by Studio Place Arts.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, September 5, 2010: 3:00 – 5:30 pm

 

 

A century 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.
Over time the quarries filled with water and the forest returned.

Listen:

 

Because of reliance on a tightly controlled power supply on the quarry grounds, after many weeks of preparation, the installation almost didn’t happen.