Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings

Nancy Holt
Brown mountain stone. 10'h. with outer ring 40' d. and inner ring 20' d.
Photo Credit: 
Matthew Anderson.


Noguchi said "he wanted to tie sculpture to the aware­ ness of outer space as an extension of its significance, much as one finds in early observatories. Interestingly, Nancy Holt interprets this desire-wanting to bring the sky down to the earth-in different sculptural terms that tie together cyclical patterns of earth, man, and sky Whereas Noguchi's sculpture is thrust into the air, Holt's Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings (1977-78) is solidly on the earth and made of rock from our geological  past. Holt found the Brown Mountain Stone, the 230-million­ year-old schist rocks, near Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. The multi-hued rocks were quarried from the side of Red Mountain (Lillooet Mountain Range) where they lie in small outcroppings or loose on the ground. At Western, Holt worked with Al Poynter, a stonemason from Ferndale who restrained himself from applying mortar as he normally would, which would have filled the crevices of the rock's natural, irregular surfaces.

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Funding from the Virginia Wright Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Western Washington University Art Fund and the artist's contributions. © Nancy Holt. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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