One of the most striking examples of everyday art that I see is elegantly placed landscaping rocks. These stalwarts of the decorating world have been around for thousands of years, and for good reason. They last for a very long time, are strong and sturdy against weather, and give a look to any home that commands a King like respect due to their strong association with castles. Stones can make any statement you wish them to, from a solitary boulder sitting alone in your lawn like the great boulder in John Steinbeck’s classic ‘To A God Unknown,’ to the power of a castle modeled after a King’s great estate, you can do it all with stone. I would not, however, recommend you try to use stone in a way which emulates the ‘stoner classic’ by Hunter S. Thompson known as ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ I believe that is a different usage of the word stone.
Armour stone has been used for centuries outside of the decorating world. Their original use was as surf breakers along the edges of the sea and rivers. Their job was to act as armour for the shore and its inhabitants by being surge protection against inclement weather, and the regular rise and fall of the tides. Today they are used as grand statements of the highest kind. These one to fifteen ton rocks are always used as attention grabbers, and can be very functional parts of your home. Uses include large steps, retaining walls, edging for pools and driveways, and general takers up of big space where big spaces need to be taken up.
Boulders have long been around for decorating. From a single garden stone to a collection of rocks like Stonehenge, they are the long lasting statements of countless pieces of rock art. Commonly they are the centre of attention for lawn arrangements, and other smaller rocks and pebbles are moved around them. These smaller rocks can include pea gravel of contrasting or complementary colours which add an element of artistic interest to your arrangement. The best thing about them, in my mind, is that once they are properly set they require nearly no maintenance. You may have to wash them with water, but it will not be the same ritualistic watering undertaken by Joseph in ‘To a God Unknown,’ you’ll just be watering it to give it a good cleaning which gets it back to its original look.
Flagstone can create beautiful patios. It comes in a wide variety of colours and types of rock such as sandstone, micas, slates, basalt and granite. These one to two inch thick piece of rock either come in natural uneven shapes, meant for being set in sand, or cut and square pieces meant to be set in mortar. Either option will be a great choice as you can create anything you wish, making your patio a piece of durable and long lasting art that you will gladly let your friends walk all over. There is no other art in the world that gets used, abused and is as long lasting as landscaping rocks. Doubt me? Ask the people who built Stonehenge.
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