“Three Steps to Heaven” is a sculpture made of grey Bohus granite. Three steps are carved into it on the diagonal side, which also shows traces of the boreholes I made to cut the rectangular block in two. The broad sides have a rough, unfinished surface with shifting colours from the mineral-rich water that ran through cracks in the rock before the block was removed to become a sculpture.
Bohus granite is over 900 million years old, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sustainable material.
Yet according to Wikipedia it is one of Sweden’s youngest rock types. Time perspective. We can also ask ourselves the question of how many rock masses we should break to obtain materials for sculptures, roads, buildings. Is it sustainable?
The shape of the sculpture and its stone steps are my attempt to express everyone’s striving upwards and forwards.
But how easy is it to reach the top? Or how hard can it be to get a good start? The top of the sculpture is thin and narrow, and it is hard to reach the bottom step to start climbing…
And is it worth the effort?
The sculpture measures about 3.5 m x 2.4 m x 0.45 m and weighs about 5 tonnes.