[Image: “Vaulted Chamber” by Matthew Simmonds].
While writing the previous post, I remembered the work of Matthew Simmonds, a British stonemason turned sculptor who carves beautifully finished, miniature architectural scenes into otherwise rough chunks of rock.
[Image: “Sinan: Study” by Matthew Simmonds].
Simmonds seems primarily to use sandstone, marble, and limestone in his work, and focuses on producing architectural forms either reminiscent of the ancient world or of a broadly “sacred” character, including temples, church naves, and basilicas.
[Image: “Basilica III” by Matthew Simmonds].
You can see many more photos on his own website or over at Yatzer, where you, too, might very well have seen these last year.
[Image: “Fragment IV” by Matthew Simmonds].
Someone should commission Simmonds someday soon to carve, in effect, a reverse architectural Mt. Rushmore: an entire hard rock mountain somewhere sculpted over decades into a warren of semi-exposed rooms, cracked open like a skylight looking down into a deeper world, where Simmonds’s skills can be revealed at a truly inhabitable spatial scale.