"Jiři Bezlaj, sculptor, essayist, poet: How stone chooses its sculptor"
"Stone has a particular charm. It is very old, millions of years, and emanates its age-old wisdom. Handling it, one absorbs the stone’s knowledge. Sculpting is also a kind of meditation. According to oriental schools of alchemy, on reaching their final evolutionary stage, all minerals turn to gold.”
"Due to its solidity and immovability, stone in Hinduism symbolizes the absolute, eternal, and immutable Self.
Stone is very much a living thing. I spend plenty of time in stone quarries, especially at Drenov Grič, where I caress and converse with stones, until we reach a compromise between what a certain stone wants to be and what I would like to turn it into. Stones are not pieces of blank paper where you can draw whatever comes to mind. Every stone has a distinct character, and it is up to you to respect its unique crystal structure, hues, and veins. I personally handpick every single stone in the quarry,” said Jiři Bezlaj in an interview for Dnevnik.
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