The Story of the Rock
from inside the cave
In residence, in the schoolroom, in the Schoolhouse Gallery my studies responding to Hasting Caves continue.
Mapping the story of the approx. 700 million year old dolomite rock on an 8 metre timeline.
I metre = 100 million years.
In the belly of the beast – in the womb of the mother. The
cave takes on immortal proportions but I know it isn’t
immortal – even if it acts like it – even if it’s old beyond my
comprehension. I’ve explored the arc of its existence. Its
story begins with the rock – a miracle creation made of little
crystals and algae laid down and compressed in shallow
warm seas – the rock travelled this planet from north to
south and is now heading north again – in constant
transformation – cavities continually emptying and filling –
and now the rock’s belly is growing crystal made from the
stuff of its eaten-away and broken body.