I built a second home in the little town of Rochester, Vermont in 2004. It’s on the side of a small mountain West of town. I had known about a quarry above town on the East mountain going up from the valley. Surprising to me, it wasn’t until 2014 that I met the owner of the quarry, a great guy named Tom.
Tom and I hit it off, especially when he found out that I love stones and rocks and use the materials to build sculptures. Most of the work of the quarry is slicing out giant 30 ton cubes of serpentine stone that get cut up into slabs for building pavers and counter tops. It’s a magnificent green green stone. Some of the cubes that have structural flaws are busted up and scattered around the quarry area. Tom told me that any small pieces of stone that I could lift myself and cart away in my Ford F150 truck, I could have for free. WOW, such a typical Vermont way!
Eventually, I did want some very large boulders using the serpentine and had to insist that Tom accept payment for the giant stones. Tom came in to Chicago for my solo show at Willis Tower in the Summer of 2015 and again when I opened my own Gallery in October, 2015.
Oh, Tom’s last name, so fitting, and so Italian, is Fabbioli.
August 15, 2019