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Stonemasonry: Environmental Art as Struggle to Perfect the Imperfect

By Bill Chameides

This stone structure was designed and built in Vermont by Thea Alvin. No mortar, no pins. Just rocks, gravity, know-how — vision and execution. So is it art? Or craft? Or both?

Stonemasonry is a craft nearly as old as civilization itself. (More on this here [pdf], here [pdf] and here [pdf].) But is it art?

The craft-versus-art debate is one that has echoed over time. All art certainly requires craftsmanship. But when is craft art? You can find a wide range of opinions on the subject — for example from here to here, here …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green