Karst is a special type of landscape that is formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, such as limestone. Some of the most beautiful of these formations are along the Yulong River near Yangshuo in southeastern China. Caves and springs, such as those in this composition, are typical of karst regions.
Splitting of a large feather rock released the sharp, upright shapes typical of karst formations, inspiring this composition. The tray was fabricated of recycled Corian material and highly polished. The inscribed characters at the lower right corner are the Chinese characters for “shan” (mountains) and “chuan” (streams).