People frequently ask about the stone wall in front of our Great Barrington store. This poem that follows is written by Mark Mendel about his creation, entitled Rock & Rail.
What is it?
It’s a big fat riddle.
It’s what your 4 year old says it is.
It’s a ’57 Chevy trying to pass a Volkswagen bug on Route 7 in Pompeii.
It’s not what it was yesterday.
It’s Robert Frost meets Frank Gehry out on the Spiral Jetty.
It’s a sculpture only if it moves you so.
It’s a fish and you’re the bait.
It’s a shopping strip where an old farm was, and the stones remember.
A scotch tape dispenser.
A solar powered asking machine.
It’s a junk spaceship from a Martian Jonesy’s.
It’s magic fishing poles to catch mermaids.
It’s only Rock & Rail but it likes you.
Rock & Rail. 1996.
Fieldstone. Red Slate. Locust and oak.
Design and installation: Mark Mendel dba Monterey Masonry
Wood work: Peter Murkett
Photo credit: Paul Rocheleau
Mark Mendel is American artist born in Georgia in 1947. He resides in Sheffield Massachusetts.
He is currently developing a large outdoor stone, glass, light, and music installation for MASS MoCA in North Adams.