And just like that it was gone.
It took us 9 days to build and a little more than one day to take down.
And we did it on Debbie’s birthday!
Thanks to my assistant @nicklistoceramics for the help.
Stay tuned for more announcements about where the chimney is headed to next.
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All things eventually return to the Earth.
The Chimney Monument as it was installed at Woodson Branch Nature School was design to be temporary. It was built with clay and sand mortar so it could be disassembled at sone time and moved to another location.
That time has come.
After nearly a year at this site, the wind and rain have done their part. The cycles of freezing and thawing have worked their way into the mortar and the chimney has begun to crumble.
As it was designed to do.
A reminder that all of this will eventually be returned to the Earth.
The time has come for us to move forward, to move onto new and exciting prospects.
The Chimney Monument will be resurrected at a new location in the near future.
It’s all very secret and can’t be discussed on the internet. You will just have to trust me on this one.
You will know when the time is right.
I can’t thank Woodson Branch Nature School, Debbie, Lenore, the whole staff and all the kids for being the Home to the Monument for the past year. You are all incredible. I could write a whole novel about how incredible you are and it still would not do justice to your incredibleness.
THANK YOU.
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We will be dedicating the Monument today at Woodson Branch Nature School from 2-8. Come on out. The brick factory will be in full effect for anyone who wants to make some bricks.
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ATTENTION
Hey everyone!! If you don’t already know, there is a dedication for the monument at Woodson Branch Nature School this Saturday, the 7th, from 2-8pm.
Y’all should come. It’s going to be fun. The brick factory will be there and open for buisness!
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It’s officially too cold to work on the Monument, it’s time to go inside the houses and use the High Performance HVAC to keep the warm. Everything is wrapped in blankets and covered in straw bales for the next 2 days.
BUT WE WILL BE BACK AT IT ON FRIDAY!
The weather is supposed to be in the 50’s. Anyone who wants to help is welcomed and encouraged. We’ve got a van load of students coming from Western Carolina University but you can never have enough hands to help on a project like this
Message me for details or just come!
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I’ll be honest… installing a 13 foot tall chimney monument in a Madison County field during the middle of January isn’t exactly what I had planned on doing…. but I’m making the most of it. The best thing is that I don’t get cell reception, so I can ignore the world and just focus on the project.
We got bricks laid just path the fireplace today. I pushed as hard as I could.
Then the cold rolled in hard.
We had to use the weed burner to try and dry out the clay/sand mortar at the end of the day. And then we covered the whole thing in straw bails to try and stop it from freezing so bad. No work tomorrow. The temperature is supposed to be a height of 20 Fahrenheit. Too cold for brick laying that’s for sure.
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It’s been a series of really fridge mornings the past few days. I’ve wake up long before the dawn. Get the woodstove going again. Drink my coffee. Poke the logs around and compose my thoughts.
Then I head to work.
One the sun comes up you can see how frosty all the bricks are. It doesn’t make it easy but I think it’s important to notice that it is beautiful
Then I look over the mountains and am glad that I get to work on this field for the day.
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Sometimes it feels hard to explain with words how important this work is too me. Hopefully this video helps.
If I was too say something, it would be that this is the most significant work I’ve made in my career to this point.
I hope people can recognize that.
I hope they know there is a reason why I’ve been waking up before the sun for days now to move everything to this field.
It’s because I care. It’s because this matters, even though it might seem insane, it matters more than they will probably ever know.
If anyone needs me or wants to help. Just come out. We will be laying bricks all day. My phone doesn’t work on site. Which is nice.
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This is what the inside of my brain looks like.
With @centerforcraft
Come check out the show. January 19th
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Wanna come be a part of something good?
We will be installing the bricks from the Old Marshall Jail Brick Project at the @centerforcraft Wednesday and Thursday the 10th and 11th from 9-6.
If anyone is interested in coming to volunteer, we might could use a couple extra sets of hands.
Please message me if your down for the cause.
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