This composition depicts a solitary climber on the final pitch of a near-vertical rock face. The fin-like ridge formation (except for the waterfall) resembles Seneca Rocks, a favorite destination of climbers in the eastern US. Rising up to 900 feet above the Potomac River in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia, the ridges were created when the ocean bottom rose up and folded some 440 million years ago.
The tray was fabricated from a Corian countertop remnant. The markings at the right corner of the tray are the Chinese characters for “shan” (mountains) and “chuan” (streams).