PROJECT PIAQ5454 – Laurel Beckman

Laurel Beckman, USA

5 vignettes on the theme of will emerge from the natural screens of Wonderstones, including 4 of the rarer Faultline Wonderstones. Stones takes on the spectrum of voluntary – involuntary will in the forces behind bodily and material movement. From the unlikely to the unseemly, muscle and mind memory overlap to collectively exercise their will-power.

Wonderstone, occurring on several continents, is found in the U. S. Southwest, including in Salina Utah, where Faultline Wonderstone is mined. Displaying wavy patterns of color often with a black center, the faulted rock shows slip fault displacement, an earthquake captured in stone. There is no "flaw" where the two sides meet as the fault has "healed", showing the preservation of movement in a once-active active fault.

Wonderstone, a volcanic Rhyolitic rock, is a soft yellow, tan and black stone with wavy patterns of creams, yellows, pinks and reds. This stone brings energies of tranquility and helps eliminate worries. Wonderstone also helps reduce or eliminate depression and anxiety, giving an overall sense of well-being. Wonderstone can also bring mental clarity and give insight into the right course of action.

Bat Cam (Fruit bats)
from Bat World Sanctuary, Weatherford, Texas
Bat World Sanctuary is on the front line to end the mistreatment of bats. Each year we rescue hundreds of bats who might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, and retired from the exotic pet trade, zoos and research facilities. Bat World was founded in 1994 and is a 501c3 non-profit, accredited organization with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Miura Fold
The Miura fold, a form of rigid origami, is a method of folding a flat surface into a smaller area. Named for its inventor, Japanese astrophysicist Kōryō Miura. The crease patterns of the Miura fold form a tessellation of the surface by parallelograms. The fold can be carried out by a continuous motion in which, at each step, each parallelogram is completely flat. This property allows it to be used to fold surfaces made of rigid materials. Famously, large solar panel arrays for space satellites in the Japanese space program have been Miura folded before launch to then spread out in space.