Over his 25-year career in glass and stone processing for architectural applications, Kerry Clark had never been asked to find a tooling solution for creating artifacts for an art exhibition. Then one day, Clark, who is brand sales manager for Diamut America’s glass division, received a call from Miles Driscoll, design engineering manager at Precision Stone in Long Island, NY. Driscoll had been chosen to collaborate with noted architect and MIT teacher Cristina Parren᷉o on fabricating two artifacts for her upcoming exhibition at Art Omi in Ghent, NY. The exhibition, “TransTectonics in Construction,” would showcase a set of four artifacts that challenge conventional material assemblies through unorthodox translation of processes and tectonics.
Parren᷉o’s vision for her “Ghost of Stone” prototype was to use a massive carving technique typically associated with the tectonics of stone masonry but translated into the material of glass. Driscoll would also carve the rock for a piece shaped like “Ghost of Stone” that Parreño entitled “Rock in Full Metal Jacket” in which the machined volcanic rock would be joined with poured aluminum at MIT.