Gathering Stones, now on view
Imagine an arrangement of large stones magically appearing on the Eastern Promenade. It’s as if they levitated from nearby fields and beaches to surprise morning walkers. Mysteriously shaped, and playfully arranged, they become a gathering place.
Large granite and basalt stones form Jesse Salisbury’s Gathering Stones. Weighing from 4,000 to 12,000 pounds each, the stones are split, and carved into different shapes. The shapes create a space that encourages interaction. Some stones are hollow inside, encouraging people to walk through them or sit inside them. Some are convenient for sitting on. You can step from stone to stone. Feeling at once primitive and futuristic, it encourages people to explore with others.
We have an innate desire to collect and arrange stones that we find in nature. Arranging large stones creates a gathering place for people. Gathering Stones is a playful reference to both impulses.