The Art of Manual Stone Carving as a Leap to Its Virtual Future

Jacques Beck
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 501–504 Short Papers


In conjunction with the talk and the exhibited multisculpture works in stone complementing our participation to the Pécs 2010 conference [1], this paper wants to deliver in phenomenological terms a closer look at the very generic side---geometrical aspects and mechanics--- of the perennial practice of manual stone carving. This can become a base for future bridging to maths and applied maths that nowadays buttress all knowledge, including the most subjective: art itself. The possibility for modeling is evidenced by the literature available in the neighboring domain of the tooling industry devoted to percussive rock drilling. One can even start dreaming of beyond. As this short paper holds but limited iconography, more and larger images are provided on the Conference Disk.