Art of Space Paul Wei­de­man vis­its stone­ma­son To­mas Lipps

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Foun­tain­head Rock Place, alif.

On a re­cent af­ter­noon in To­mas Lipps’ front yard, the mas­ter stone­ma­son was busy with stones, all his at­ten­tion fo­cused on bal­anc­ing the top two in a stack of five stones of var­i­ous sizes, shapes, and va­ri­eties. “Done!” he ex­claimed, step­ping back­ward and wish­ing away any windy gusts that might be in the vicin­ity. “There’s a sub­cul­ture of stone-bal­anc­ing,” he said.

A few slabs of pur­ple sand­stone were un­der­foot. Lipps said they came from “the older, older Plaza” when the city was repaving it. That was in the late 1980s, at the same time Lipps was build­ing

his dis­tinc­tive foun­tain in­stal­la­tion at the corner of Don Gas­par Av­enue and Wa­ter Street. Also not far from the freshly bal­anced stones near his front door was a hunk of vesic­u­lar basalt, “per­haps from Rin­conada,” he said. He lifted a long, el­e­gantly curved (and wa­ter-smoothed) piece of green sand­stone from Cal­i­for­nia. Stand­ing it up, he pointed out that it’s shaped like the Ara­bic let­ter

Then he won­dered aloud where he might find a client who would ap­pre­ci­ate that.

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