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Artwork copyright Michihiro Kosuge. Photo courtesy of Washington State University - Spokane.

Stone in Art

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo

Stones of all types can be found in Washington's State Art Collection: granite, basalt, limestone, marble, and alabaster, to name a few. Some are transformed by carving and polishing, while others hold their natural shapes, colors, and textures.

“Stone carving is easy – it’s the stone that’s hard.” Ongis Mutan