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Briefly noted

The Pinnacle Awards 2013 of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) have been given away for works on natural stone by MIA-Members mainly, but not exclusively, from USA. A pdf provides an overview. In future issues we will be showing the award-winning works.

Stone+tec in Nurnberg (May 13th – 16th, 2015) is offering early-bird discounts, provided booking is completed by July 31st 2014. Rental rates for stands at the fair have been reduced by some 10% according to a press release by the Organizers.

The Irish government is making 5 million € available for restoration projects in 618 historic sites. This might unlock further 61 million € from private funds, reports the British Natural Stone Specialist.

The pawn, chess‘ most populous figure, has been reproduced in the superlative by Lapicida Company in Carrara marble as a decorative object.

The travertine walls of Mies van der Rohe’s pavilion in Barcelona can be viewed from outside the building. Mies ordered the pavilion to be photographed without doors. To comply within the given restraints, photographer Jorgi Bernardó captured the travertine wall and the interior through a glass front. His work was part of a project in which the Fundació Mies van der Rohe invites one artist to interpret the building each year.    

Portugal is famous for its white and pink marble. But the country also has granite in a variety of colors as well as dark gray slate. An overview was compiled by „Associação Portuguesa de Geólogos“ with English language text.

Videos of the month: stone-age lithophone at the Paris Museum has recently been played on the occasion of the Orchestre National de France’s 80th anniversary. The claves originate from stone-age Sahara cultures. We were unable to find a rendition of the music which sounds a bit like instruments made of petrified coral known in USA today (French 1, 2, 3).

(03.05.2014, USA: 05.03.2014)