Pat Borow: Contemporary visual artist. I work in 2-D all media, some 3D sculpture, and experiment with olfactory art (abstract and representational scents).Message
Recently, I needed to enlarge a drainage channel near my house. The job was done with river rock, smooth stones that can be laid out to resemble a natural stream bed. I began to work with the extra stones, to make spirals and other shapes in my garden.
While working and considering the permanence of stone, I thought about the ephemerality of the modern world. Trails of existence, written in light. Our documents, our photos, so subject to error, so likely to vanish. I brought some of the stones into my studio and carved into them these symbols of temporary modernity. This one, with it's "thumbs up" gesture, usually means "OK," and is often used to end a communication.
I thought about some future archaeologist sifting through our rubble and finding one of these carved stones, long after the reasons for them have ceased to exist.