Briefly noted

(August 2013) Turkish Trade Fair „Marble“ in Izmir which took place for the 19th time recently, could expand considerably if the new venue close to the airport would be completed. Lack of space in the „Kültürpark“, situated in the city Centre, forced organizers to use a parking lot as additional exhibition area. „The area reminded us of a picnic“, was the tongue-in-cheek comment of the trade magazine „Marble Trend“ (April/May/June 2013). Whether the new airport exhibition grounds will be ready in time for the 2014 fair (March 26th-29th) is not clear. Insiders claim that the project is not receiving the needed support because Izmir is not governed by the ruling party of Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Latest news: „China has banned the construction of government buildings for five years, according to state media“, the BBC reports. The move was taken to fight corruption. „Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage”, the report says: „The directive forbids luxury makeovers and expansions done under the guise of repair work.“

Italian-based Antolini Luigi Company and KMD Natursteine, German specialist for exclusive natural stone production will be entering a joint-venture for projects abroad (German).

Figures on the British natural stone market were published by the trade magazine Natural Stone Specialist.

Archaeologists have discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text in the ancient Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala, informs the Washington University in St. Louis.  

Pros and Cons of concrete vs. natural stone as materials for retianing walls are collected on a webpage.

The Biennale della Pietra Lavorata 2013 is to take place form August 29th to September 1st in Italy’s Castel San Niccolò.  

   To design a table of solid wood is the object of a competition called to life by Italian Riva1920 Company for its 1st Design Award. The Award stands under the logo „Accendi la tua Idea“ (Light up your Idea). The material of choice should originate from ecological production whereby other material (except plastic) can be implemented.

„Sacrilege“ was the name artist Jeremy Deller gave his Stonehenge-repro bouncy-castle. He is currently touring the UK with it (Video, 1).

Competition rules for the New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium 2014 are now online.

Video of the month: Nik Wallenda crosses the Grand Canyon on a tight-rope: or the marvelous stratification of sandstone in the Colorado Canyon (1, 2).

(02.08.2013) (USA: 08.02.2013)