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Cairn at the Cliffs eclectic-landscape

Cairn at the Cliffs

Recently installed cairn at the Cliffs of Glassy. There are 3 of these rock formations in the residents side meditation garden.

In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes.

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G3 Studios Decorative Painting wrote:
Can you go inside of these or are they strictly visual markers?
     Comment   February 4, 2013
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Either way the effect is amazing. Very tranquil.
February 21, 2013 at 10:39PM     
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February 22, 2013 at 9:14AM     
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Stonemelodydesign wrote:
are they in italy?
   Comment   October 22, 2012
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These are located in the mountains of South Carolina, USA
October 22, 2012 at 5:07AM   
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Louisesdesigns wrote:
Are those Andy Goldworthy's pieces ? Love it!
   Comment   June 28, 2012
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So you have to put in cremation urns first and then finish the surface around it, right? I don't see any openings.
September 9, 2013 at 12:44AM   
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Definitely not Goldsworthy... he is a genius and the shows the difference... watch the film "Rivers and Tides - working with time" to see the real thing.
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alyssamalik wrote:
So beautiful!!!!!! Cost? - What is the approximate value of each egg? I want to do this ASAP. Looks incredible and fun
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Amy Renea added this to Stone Works Wonders
This creation by The Collins Group is nothing short of magical. Would you be surprised to see a hobbit pop out from behind one of these man-made structures? Me neither.
Landscapes are especially moody when seen in the fog. These mounds take on an extraterrestrial presence thanks to the mist that coats the ground and softens the landscape around them.
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By way of sculptural rock formations, egg-shape designs have even found their way outdoors.
Debra Prinzing added this to Garden Design Essentials: Shape and Mass
There is no question that these three rock formations add mass to this meditation garden. Clearly, these pieces are man-made, but because they were built from native stone rather than from metal or fiberglass, they fit into the space quite naturally. Moreover, they seem to have a calming, timeless presence here, suggesting protection. The visual stone mass strikes a balance with a different mass from the slender tree trunks.
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A stacked stone cairn is a time-honored decorative element.Browse more stacked stone photos
These three egg-shaped, solid-stone cairns sit in a meditation garden that’s part of South Carolina’s Cliffs of Glassy. Given the location — a misty, mountainous forest — and the cairn’s Gaelic ancestry, it’s not a stretch to imagine that fairies or other mythical wood sprites might be lurking about.

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This is a great example of "drama in the garden". The size, materials, and design of these cairns create architectural interest, and there placement creates a rhythm for the garden space.
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These three egg-shaped, solid-stone cairns sit in a meditation garden that’s part of South Carolina’s Cliffs of Glassy. Given the location — a misty, mountainous forest — and the cairn’s Gaelic ancestry, it’s not a stretch to imagine that fairies or other mythical wood sprites might be lurking about.
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These three egg-shaped, solid-stone cairns sit in a meditation garden that’s part of South Carolina’s Cliffs of Glassy. Given the location — a misty, mountainous forest — and the cairn’s Gaelic ancestry, it’s not a stretch to imagine that fairies or other mythical wood sprites might be lurking about.
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These three egg-shaped, solid-stone cairns sit in a meditation garden that’s part of South Carolina’s Cliffs of Glassy. Given the location — a misty, mountainous forest — and the cairn’s Gaelic ancestry, it’s not a stretch to imagine that fairies or other mythical wood sprites might be lurking about.
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