Gathering Stones, now on view

Gathering Stones

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.

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About TEMPOart

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The board and staff of TEMPOart are horrified by the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey and Breonna Taylor and so many other victims of racist violence in the United States. 

We support the Black Lives Matter movement, along with the protesters in Portland and across the country, in demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality. 

For the past year, we have worked to clarify and define TEMPOart’s mission, vision and values. Part of that mission is to champion and support public art that is a catalyst for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice. 

In pursuit of this vision, we commit to the active pursuit of diversity in our work and to holding ourselves accountable for commissioning, presenting, and amplifying the work of artists who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color.  

-The board and staff of TEMPOart