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Cairn
2014
foliated metamorphic rock (Phyllite)
43 pieces, 28 x 20 x 20cm
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Rocks were collected from within the mountain where the last Irish wolf was killed in 1786. They are stacked in the form of an ancient structure of a cairn, which appears in many diverse cultures across the world. It has many functions including landmarks and markers of burial sites. The rock itself is made up of crystals of graphite, sericite, chlorite and fine-grained mica which, depending on the viewers position, impart an uncanny silvery sheen from the surface of the rock.