Pictures from the Staalaker quarry in Larvik, taken over the period from October 2014 to January 2015.It took a good 3 months to find a top quality block for my sculpture, but Lundhs, the Norwegian mining company, finally found a healthy block in January. Here, Thor Lundh, the quarry owner, with Raphael Beil, my assistant for this project.
Large slabs of granite are cut off using diamond wire cutters. The material has natural veins and faults, as I need an over sized block, it took a while to find the final block suitable for my sculpture.
This is a hydraulic drilling rig attached to a quarry digger to drill and pin the block into the correct size.
And this is where we will start our work. About 20 tons to remove.