Land Sea Stone
Photographs by John Eide
January 18–April 2, 2017
These photographs from the Antarctica Peninsula, Peruvian Inca ruins and Maine granite quarries are tied together by a common theme — man’s appropriation of naturally occurring elements and their subsequent traces on the landscape.
Granite quarrying on Maine coastal islands was a huge industry between the end of the Civil War and the start of WWI. The stone was used to build numerous national beaux arts buildings but the job of extracting and carving the granite rock took a toll on the quarrymen. Few traces remain of this industry. The Peruvian Inca ruins are the remains of a large, well-organized society that also quarried stone to construct their structures. Almost no traces of this culture, other than these structures, remain. While the Maine quarries and the Inca ruins directly show man’s chipping away at the natural world, the Antarctica landscape can be seen as reflective of man indirectly “chipping away” at the environment.