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Among the best known varieties of Chinese gongshi, or “scholar’s rocks”, are Ying limestone rocks, found in southwest China. Ying rocks are prized for their intricately furrowed surfaces.*

Sometimes referred to as “spirit stones”, the organic, sculptural quality of scholar’s rocks inspired this composition in feather rock set on a small Corian pedestal, with a backdrop of umbrella palm growing from a submerged planter. Waterfalls cascading through the rock’s many furrows and tunnels into the pool below create distinctive natural music.


*Hu, K. (1999). The Spirit of Gongshi: Chinese Scholar’s Rocks. Chicago: Art Media Resources Ltd. p. 25

perforated feather rock with fountain and miniature palm
Spirit Stone
mixed
11" diameter x 14"
2013