'Space of Stone'
2002 - stone: Barre grey granite, Pennsylvania black granite
'Space of Stone' by Magdalena Abakanowicz was created especially for Grounds For Sculpture. The two varieties of granite were chosen by the artist because of the strong surface texture and the contrast between the stones' light and dark tonalities. Twenty-two elements were cleaved from blocks of granite--the stones give the appearance of natural rock formations. Abakanowicz’s intention was to place the stones in such a way as to set up an environment that, in the artist’s words, “We must enter, penetrate, become part of.” By becoming an active participant with the sculpture, the viewer is asked to contemplate nature’s creativity, compare the scale of one’s self to the scale of the surroundings, and to experience the increasing compression and tension of space as one walks towards the center of the sculpture. 'Space of Stone' is an imposing sculpture and one of Abakanowicz’s major outdoor installations.