Contemporary Stone Showcase


To establish an ongoing international dialogue about contemporary displays that will help to promote stone appreciation. We encourage members of the global viewing stone community to create new ways of displaying stones that reflect your life in the 21st century, your regional geology, your customs, craft and culture. Unfamiliar types of stones, bases, accessories and materials are welcome. We are not confined to displaying viewing stones in either the traditional Japanese or Chinese manner. These are options available to us and we should respect and acknowledge the established ways of displaying stones, but they are not the only way. It is timely to explore exciting new options to create stone displays that have bases, display tables, and other accessories that reflect our regional and national arts and crafts. Each month, one or more new contemporary stone displays will be featured and we will maintain a gallery of contemporary stone displays photographs to help people learn about this option.

How to Participate:

The online exhibition is open to anyone worldwide. Submit a 300 dpi photo (3000 x 3000 pixels) of your stone display. A display should consist of a stone, base, and accessories (tables, figures, plants, art work, others) that reflect a contemporary approach to your display. Accessories are optional. Please include a short one-paragraph description of your display. Use the entry form below.

Each entry will be evaluated on originality of the display and the coherence of the accompanying statement by a panel of viewing stone connoisseurs and artists. Each person will receive feedback about their display regardless of whether or not it is accepted for the online exhibition.


Gallery of Contemporary Stone Displays


“The Last Phase”

by Richard Turner


The Last Phase

by Richard Turner

In China viewing stones are sometimes referred to as “the bones of the earth”. For this display we have chosen an especially skeletal piece of Chinese limestone and paired it with a moose antler. In terms of their respective cultural contexts, the two objects could hardly be more different from each other. The limestone has been carved to resemble a fabled Tai Hu stone, one of the most sought after and venerated stones in the Chinese collector’s hierarchy. The moose antler is a relic of the Old West. It is part and parcel of the American myth of the frontier. Both objects are, in their own ways, artifacts of bygone eras. Lake Tai, the original source of Tai Hu stones has been mined out long ago. The Old West exists only in films and on television. Death is the great leveler. In their twilight of their lives, the stone and the antler have found a comfortable companionship.  The colors of the creamy limestone and the sun-bleached moose antler complement each other and the antler provides a cradle for the stone. Though on vastly different timelines, both objects are in states of disintegration. The days when the limestone was forming in a damp cave and the antler was a nub on the head of moose calf are long gone but an austere elegance remains. Each stage of life has its own beauty. This arrangement was made by Richard Turner, Thomas Elias and Paul Harris.


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