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Archival Stone

Artist:

Carlos Dorrien

Location:

East Boston  

Location

East Boston
United States
42° 18' 58.6404" N, 71° 2' 1.6476" W

Neighborhood:

Dorchester

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1989

Medium:

Granite

Collection:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Funders:

Description:

Archival Stone by Carlos Dorrien is a sculpturally created space in a courtyard of the Massachusetts State Archives Building. One enters through a portal made by a pair of giant granite monoliths holding up a thick granite beam. Inside, one finds the space defined by a wall of granite boulders. At the center are a low stone table and bench. The polished surface of the table is marked by a giant “X.” Two of this sculpture’s elements connect it with the idea of an archive. Its stone portal echoes Stonehenge, one of the most enduring records of human endeavor on the planet. The table top’s great “X” monumentalizes one of humanity’s simplest and oldest meaningful marks. Much of Dorrien’s work makes reference to ancient architecture and archeological sites. Archival Stone was installed in 1989.

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