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Romancing the Stone: The Enduring and Elegant Creations of Master Stone Carver Marcel Mächler

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Whether he is engraving inspired quotations onto the gleaming walls of a state capital, carving exquisite objects from marble for private gardens, or restoring historical statues that have succumbed to the forces of time, master stone carver Marcel Mächler’s craft requires patience and precision. “The physical intensity of carving stone is a real workout and the need to remain continually focused as the work proceeds is true mental exercise. No matter what your emotional state, you have to be totally present with the stone and the tools.” In an era when the traditional trades of maker-culture are fading, artist-craftsmen like Mächler seek to maintain a lived connection with the past. “Stone carving is perhaps the oldest of the arts. When I am working on a project I often think about all of the people who have come before me. Each of them had this special connection with stone.” The relationship of a stone carver to his materials is one of deep devotion.

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Wimberley Glassworks’ Custom Blown Glass Installations Complement Space and Place

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When asked what drew him to creating large-scale blown glass lighting designs, Canadian-born glass-blower Tim deJong recalls a wintery visit to Niagara Falls many years ago. As evening fell, the frozen mist that covered the light posts began to refract into myriad colors. “The light shining on those water crystals was coming up fiber optically,” deJong remembers. “That’s when I knew I wanted to work with glass. It’s the closest thing to ice and it lasts forever.”

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How to Commission an Artist – Case Study for Real Estate Developers

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How to Commission an Artist – Case Study for Real Estate Developers. A real estate developer in Madison, Wisconsin commissions an exterior mural using the CODAworx RFP Toolkit.

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Datascapes and Discovery: The Art of Jonathan Spring

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Using data—and being used by it—has become a pervasive and essential part of our daily lives and the accepted way the world works, yet it’s largely invisible. When phenomena become so widespread and embedded in culture that they fall into

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