The McKeon Stone workshop at Stradbally was the location for the carving of limestone panels which were erected as a memorial to the 1916 Rising in Lusk, County Dublin.
Like in the years before, Stone-Ideas.com’s editors have collected some inspirations for presents for the loved ones
The book „Marble 4.0“ gives an overview of Italian industry designer Raffaello Galiotto’s experimental works with natural stone during the last years. Most of them were exhibited at Marmomac in Hall 1. His spectacular forms which give the marble a new and contemporary expression bring together craftsmanship and CNC-technology in a groundbreaking way.
Limestone Variations on a Natural Theme
McKeon’s Kilkenny Blue Limestone has been used by sculptor Peter Randall-Page to create three massive works representing geometric forms of the kind which frequently occur in the natural world. They are currently on public display at Castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton in Devon, England.
Presentation for the first time at Marmomac
Many companies use the quarry for promotion: they invite customers for visits or show it on large screens at their booths. At Marmomac (September 27 – 30, 2017) some firms used Head Mounted Displays to take the quarry close to the customer, instead of vice versa and to show scenes which normally cannot be shown.
Stone base B.V. is a Dutch natural stone company based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, to the east of Rotterdam. It is one of Europe’s largest suppliers of natural materials for gardens and public projects, delivering many thousands of square metres of stone products every year to private, business and public enterprises. Stone base is McKeon’s Dutch distributor, supplying limestone to large contractors such as the Amsterdam City Council.
Over €2,200 in prize money was awarded to the winners of this year’s Sculpture in Context in the National Botanic Gardens sponsored by McKeon Stone.
Seeds of Wonder
Alan Counihan’s work was created at the McKeon limestone quarry at Three Castles and their fabrication workshop at Brockley Park, Stradbally, County Laois. Assisted by fellow sculptor Ruairi Carroll, Alan created two large limestone seed heads, from which emerge multi-coloured glass shapes representing seeds. The glass was the work of Jerpoint Glass of Glenmore, County Kilkenny. The work reflects the natural world and the process of germination and growth. It also refers to the college’s role in education and discovery, as the surface of each of the two sculptures is inscribed with patterns referring to learning; numeracy on one, literacy on the other.