Meet the Artist, Kirk McCoy
About the Stone
Around 2 billion years ago in a geographically small area at the Southeast corner of what is now Nevada, molten silicates broke through layers of volcanic tuff. This liquified the colored strata while adding some of it's own hardness and texture to a stone we normally see in the eroded walls of the Grand Canyon. Discovery of the deposit was made only fifty years ago, and the origin was mis-identified at the time. When an geological analysis was done the stone was discovered to be a unique deposit. There is no common name, just a description of it's formation.
He's taken the liberty of calling it Farrago, a Latin word for mixed. All of the sculptures on this site were carved from stone mined at the same quarry.
About the Artist
Kirk McCoy has a fascination with materials and color, which led him to a unique stone quarried in SE Nevada. Using his skills as an engineer for technical support and his interest in modern art he taught himself stone carving and began to explore the possible creative potential of the newly discovered material. At times he describes the process as 'carving paintings out of stone.' Appropriately, his inspiration comes more from painters such as Paul Klee and Gerhard Richter than modern sculptors, with the exception of Medardo Rosso. He moved out West to be able to select stone directly from the quarry and settled in Tucson in 2006.