Stories in Stone

2022, 2 pieces of diabas and an anodised aluminium strip, 75*45*15 cm

The text on the aluminum strip is: For 5000 years stone and clay fired to stone have been the best preservers of writing art. From the oldest written story in the world, the Gilgamesh epic, to the poem of the Letters of Utrecht: once set in stone, writing is eternal.

The cuneiform expression means the art of writing, see, and dates from 2500 BC. The written Dutch text means the same. Cuneiform itself dates back to 3000 BC, so the gap between the two halves bridges 5000 years of stories set in stone.

The texts on stone are first drawn by machine, then cut out manually. The text on the strip is laser engraved.