Forming The Mineral Body in the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire
© Ilana Halperin. Courtesy of Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire
Forming The Mineral Body in the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire (2013)

Whether standing in the middle of a vast volcanic crater in Ardnamurchan, scrambling in Ledmore over 435 million year old marble, or catching your breath at the basalt columns of Staffa, geology can change the way you think. As the 18th century Scottish geologist James Hutton said, 'the present is the key to the past'.

Witnessing the ancient geology of Scotland made the artist Ilana Halperin want to learn more about how these remarkable sites formed. As Scotland is home to some of the oldest rocks on earth, she began to search for the youngest in Iceland, France and soon Japan to see and work with the processes that have formed the ancient rocks she now calls home.

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