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Briefly noted

„Stone+Light“ is the theme of one of six special shows to be held during the course of the Stone+tec in Nuremberg (May 13th – 16th, 2015) in which nine art objects will be on display demonstrating an innovative symbioses of stone and light. Participant exhibitors are companies based in Nuremberg, the advanced pixel shuttle ag, a development and projection company for themes revolving around interior design, light and media-production. Barthelme Company is also an active participant, a family enterprise on the lighting scene for the past eight decades, which focuses on LED-solutions for interior and exterior lighting. The floor-plan can now be viewed online.

French Natural Stone Trade Organization, SNROC, has lodged written complaints written addressed at public representatives and politicians because the Paris Railway Company RATP issued a public invitation to tender preferably for foreign natural stone for a tram-line, trade magazine Pierre Actual reports. The organization pointed out that comparable stone is available nationally and called for more patriotism in acquisition. Download (French) cost 5 €.

Natural Stone Trade Fairs 1: „China North“ is a new Trade Fair to be held from July 17th to 19th 2015 in the industrial city of Qingdao in the northern part of the country. Three running events have now merged: the Stonetech, which alternated venues from Beijing and Shanghai, The Tianjin Trade Fair and the Quingdao Trade Fair. The China Building Materials Federation CCPIT and the China Stone Association cooperate in the event.

Natural Stone Trade Fairs 2: The Turkish city of Bursa is hosting the Bursa Marble Block Fair from November 25th to 28th 2015 focusing on row blocks.

Signs in a variety of fonts and types of stone are produced by Mein-Granitstein of Austria.

Photo: Grassi Pietre„Blocco” (Block) is the name Italian company Grassi Pietre gave to its fireplace realized in Petra del Mare. It’s the lower part on the photo in 150 cm c 30 x 120 (h). The surface of the stone is honed.

Sustained positive signals can be registered in the new housing and remodeling sector according to the Marble Institute of America (MIA) as published on its homepage.

In Egypt there is talk of a new capital to be built between Cairo and the Suez-Canal

Competition for concrete and natural stone pavement: solar cells for bicycle paths are being developed by SolaRoad of the Netherlands

Galerie Liga 17 in Mexico City is the site of Marciías Peredo’s Exhibit „Summoning Stones“ in which 33 tons of raw volcanic rock are shown.

Video of the Month: „Il Capo“ the title of a documentary by Yuri Ancarani on work in the Carrara marble quarries. The trailer shows impressive scenes demonstrating how workers communicate by means of minute hand signs. The director admits: „Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets.“ (Video, 1)

(02.04.2015, USA: 04.02.2015)