ancient circle of stones at Stonehenge, seated
Egyptian monarchs, stone Buddhas from India and China:
these masterpieces of antiquity are only a few of the
magnificent stoneworks that have come down to us from
the hand of humanity over the centuries.
our high tech world, the age-old technique of direct
carving in stone continues today. CARL BERNEY melds
the beauty of stone-the "bones of the earth"-with a
love stone," says the artist, "the shape and feel of
it. It is so durable. It's a demanding medium, both
physically and mentally, but it's exhilarating when
you enter the stone and let it guide you to the final
BERNEY works in marble as well as limestone and
alabaster. He learned to carve marble in Pietrasanta,
Italy, with its ancient quarries that were opened by
Michelangelo. In Italy he worked side by side with the
artesani, acquiring time-honed
process is the same as it's been for 30,000 years,"
says the artist. "We have better tools now, but I feel
a real tie to the sculptors of
BERNEY is drawn to the spiritual traditions of
different cultures, believing they all relate to the
same universal source. The feminine principle is a
guiding influence. He has created goddess figures, a
nine-ft.-tall female oracle, as well as abstract
torsos. His recent work includes feline forms
including a cheetah and domestic cats.
are so fluid," says the artist. "They are natural
subjects for sculpture."
monk with flowing robes, Buddha, and Kokopelli-the
mythological flute player of the Southwest-combine the
spiritual and the stone in the manner of the
BERNEY has exhibited his work in California and New
Mexico and has won prizes in juried competition.
STANDING STONES STUDIO is in San Luis Obispo
of CARL BERNEY's stone sculptures are available as
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