Like a rock

Right now, it’s just a big rock.

But Bob Madden sees much more – and is inviting WAG along as his latest artistic vision comes to life.

The stone artist – who with his wife, fiber and metal artist Karen, are the heart of Rock and a Soft Place studio in Dutchess County’s Poughquag – has undertaken quite an ambitious commission.

He is working with a Manhattan businessman to create a work for his multi-acre Hudson Valley property that he uses as an employee retreat.

Madden already has gone to the property to select a boulder, moved it to its chosen site and will, as he says, “carve it in situ” over the next couple of months.

Madden tells us the stone is quite something: 10 feet long by 5 feet deep, varying from 2 to 5 feet high. He’s calculated it that it weighs nearly 20 tons. Eventually, it will stand on end at around 9 to 10 feet high.

Madden promises to share his progress, which we will pass along. We’re looking forward to see what emerges out of the rock.

For more on Madden and his work, visit

– Mary Shustack

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