sculpture, sound installation, live performance, drawings

Artist Rowena Pearce

Composer Helen Ottaway

Sound designer Alastair Goolden

Trumpet John Plaxton

Thanks to Halecombe and Whatley Quarries for permission to record quarry machinery


We deal in chance encounter and coincidence. I found a tiny fossil in a rock – “it’s the end of a rugose coral” the geologist said “the rest is inside the rock and it’s shaped like a trumpet”. Later, in the quarry we found another trumpet shape – the remains of a piece of masonry half buried in the scree.

Rowena has made rocks before, smooth shapes to conjure the beginnings of life on earth. Now, along with these ancient forms there are cut pieces, jagged edges and small shards, the legacy of man’s intervention.

The quarry is our theatre and the spectacular natural sound box for our soundscape. We present stones that aren’t real, bird song played by trumpets and, from the trees, the ghost sounds of quarry machinery that is long gone.

Installation and performance in 2015

commissioned as part of Step in Stone arts trail curated by Fiona Campbell

sculpture, sound installation and performance

Westdown/Asham Quarry

ECHO – Installation Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd August 2015, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

BLAST – Live performance for 2 trumpets Sat 22nd August 2015, 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Trumpets – John Plaxton and Jack Vincent

Fairy Cave Quarry

ECHO – Installation Sat 3rd and Sun 4th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th October 2015, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

BLAST – Live performance for solo trumpet Sat 3rd, Sat 1oth, Sat 17th October 2015, 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Trumpet – John Plaxton

the ECHO soundscape can be heard and purchased here

Black Swan Arts

TRACE – Papier mache, pigment, PVA, metal, music, found sound, drawing 3-18 October 2015

Exhibited at Black Swan Arts is what remains: the product, the image, the sound and the memory after quarrying and after our creative interventions in the quarries. A gabion of small sculpted stones, drawings, music and sound is transported from the quarries to the gallery.