Rockery Reverie #2

Pierre Jardin continues to ruminate on time and stones, particularly the juxtaposition between the ephemeral life of balanced stone stacks and the geological eons in which the stones were shaped.  Here is Pierre’s second Rockery Reverie (a genre Jardin invented) in a planned Reveries-Series (click to enlarge image):

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Stone stacks stay standing in a state of sustained caesura.  Persisting in a prolonged pause, they hover precariously between existing and ceasing to exist, between presence in space and absence in time.  This Rockery Reverie pays homage to these qualities not only by suspending a sentence (a sentence whose completion is suspended by an ellipsis) between the stacks, but also through palindromic (suspended sentence/sentence suspended) and enantiomorphic (rock stacks photographed from back and front, some stones replaced and inverted) elements in the images and words, which are essentially spatial techniques of suspending the progression of linear movement (by creating a mirroring effect) and therefore time (as is the use of parenthetical words to extend sentences).

Stone stacks seemingly teeter-tottering on the edge of falling engender two kinds of wonder in viewers: wonder that the balanced rocks stay upright; suspicious wondering whether glue or some other means is being used to keep them that way.  A well-designed stone stack thus provokes a giddiness, a suspension of disbelief, in the viewer.  Seen this way, the stones suddenly seem somewhat willful, as if stubbornly suspended in their own disbelief, refusing to accept that they are sentenced to tumble down at some imminent date.