Chapel Wall

Tres Pinos, California
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The close-fitting pattern of polygonal stonework creates one of the strongest forms in the lithic canon. At the piece level, the pattern weaving magnifies the bond strength while visually lightening the larger composition. These attributes provide a fitting metaphor for the commissioned wall whose shape wraps the “Chapel Barn,” creating sacred space to commemorate the joining of lives into lasting union. 

Many sections of the wall are radius, the over-scaled stones wrapping the retained earth behind. The unusual pattern was drawn in advance, crafted off-site, and delivered piece-numbered. The stone’s texture is split-faced, gently pillowed to highlight and emphasize the subtle play of the larger pattern.