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(January 2010) Latest news: Stonetec fair, which will take place from April 6th to 9th, is offering visitors from overseas free accommodation for two nights in an economy hotel according to a mail by the organizers. For information contact Kevin (Mail). He requests that readers identify themselves by mentioning: „We got the information from BusinessStone.com„.

Free registration for the Stone Expo (January 23rd to 25th) in Gent is possible online.

An exhibit on stone and water can be seen at the school of sculptors in Pecchia in the Swiss Canton Ticino until the end of 2010. Here artistic fountains in stone can be admired. We take this opportunity to look at how artists work with the theme of water using stone as a medium.

The British artist Hamish Horsley stands small stone plates on end one next to the other, and behold: the impression of a directional flow is created. The same effect was used by Andy Goldsworthy for his wall in London’s City Centre.

Waves or drops are a popular theme with masons. Some examples can be viewed made by Hamish Horsley or the Brazilian artist Renata Barcelos or the German Michael M. Heyers.

Abstract waves are the theme of the stone benches, erected by the Norwegian Company Jogra for the Museum of Science in Bergen.

Speaking of flowing, art history offers many an example in the past such: as the waves in Moses‘ beard in Michelangelo’s sculpture in the case of the ancient Nike now standing in the Louvre, it is garments that flow in literal waves.

Time leap: a timely mise-en-scene was conceived in 2006 for the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux (see below) where a large granite surface presents the platform for 2 cm of water mirroring the lights at night. During the day, tourists can cool their feet in puddle.

Moreover: after splashing on the surface for a while the water is drained into an underground tank where it is cooled later to be pumped back up through slits in the stone plates and through some 900 jets creating a 2 m high fog-like mist. The installation is active from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

The concept was developed by the Paris based landscape engineer and fountain artist Jean-Marc Llorca, the landscape engineer Michel Corajoud and the architect Pierre Gangnet. They chose granite because „a noble material was needed to live up to the standard of one of the most beautiful places in Bordeaux” according to a mail of the municipality addressed to BusinessStone.com and because the stone appears in many buildings around the city.