Friday, August 8, 2014

Rock People Chisels

The sound of chisels on stone rang out over the 20 acre grounds at Kubota Gardens in Renton today. Over 300 tons of High Cascade granite will become an 8-foot high “ishi-gaki” stone base, for the new Terrace Overlook. They use the same techniques that were used to build Japanese castles before the 16th century. It will be completed during a two week workshop with 20 participants, August 7-20, 2014 – a community effort and rich East-West cultural experience. The public is encouraged to come and share this historical event. Watch as this amazing project transpires!

Front to Back - Susan, Tina, Masons
Meanwhile, approximately a dozen Seattle Urban sketchers of all ages and experience sketched and observed in the shade of a canopy nearby. Be sure to read Tina Koyama's account of the experience and see other photos of the masons at work and the sketchbook pages created by USk. (I'm in the group photo...back row with my sunglasses still on!)  I'll post my sketchbook spread from this historical event tomorrow.

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