Five natural phenomena allow our rock to become one with the environment: color, talus, motion, planting crevices and geological shifting. Color is affected by geological shifting, which in turn may cause talus or create crevices. Understanding and recreating these natural occurrences is what we do best.
Coloring rock. It's not simply an issue of putting pigments on concrete any more than writing a story is a matter of throwing words on a page. When we apply color it must be done to reflect the processes of nature. Color gives the rock character. It speaks of the rock’s history.
Talus tells a tale ... Look at a rock wall. At its base are small pieces ripped from the main wall by a combination of wind, rain, time and all the other forces of nature. These pieces are Talus. They speak of the violent power nature exerts on her own creations.
Some look at a rock formation and see a snapshot. But we see a motion picture. That is because there is movement in everything, even that which appears stationary. Instilling a sense of movement in the rock we create helps the discerning viewer see the story of how nature shaped every piece of rock, from the smallest pebble to the largest canyon.
A seed in the wind comes to rest in the crevice of a rock wall. Nature feeds and nourishes it until it becomes a lonely tree surviving, thriving, in an impossible environment. We design small fissures into the rock surfaces so seeds can be planted.
Sometimes we sit and stare at a rock formation wondering how much it has moved. In the last minute. The last day. The last 100 years. Because nature moves rock formations. Sometimes she does it rapidly with a sudden explosion of energy. More often, gradually, with a relentless, but unforeseen, force.