The blue down the center of the map is the highest quality glacial-carved Devonian sandstone to be found. The earliest commercial quarries for sidewalks, steps, window lintels and sills, and carved architectural ornaments made of this bluestone were started here.
The exposure of the bluestone found in this blue area is the bottom and most dense part of a deposit that continues under the Catskill mountains and doesn't surface again until it reaches Ohio.
On this map the shading of the drawing to the right of the blue line is a common flaky shale and the deep shaded area along the left edge of the picture; the Catskill Escarpment; becomes an even less dence mud rock further up its heights. All the land of Saugerties between these two indescript formations is riddled with 19th century bluestone quarry pits and rubble piles.
Opus 40 occupies one of these quarries and is made from the fragments of waste stone left when the slabs were taken from the earth and shaped into the products that drove the country economy of Saugerties for nearly a century.
Below the PDF is a composition that covers the history of bluestone from its birth nearly 400,000,000 years ago to its present prominance as the material of Opus 40.
This page has been created to describe the quarry aspect of my Great Knot site-specific sculpture. It deals with the material used to build it and the reason that material is available. There are many other aspects to this environment and each one will be covered in a page like this.
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The Life of Bluestone
The Great Knot, April 27, 2011
Michael Sullivan Smith, 2015
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