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Harry R. Schwartz

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Handmade Islands

Published 29 Jan 2010. Tags: architecture, history.

Handmade Island

In a bay off the coast of Montenegro there’s a church on an island. The island was built by hand.

The idea that devotional rock-throwing has become an art of creating new terrain, generation after generation, rock after rock, pebble after pebble, is stunning to me. Perhaps in a thousand years, a whole archipelago of churches will exist there, standing atop a waterlogged maze of old pleasure boats and fishing ships, the mainland hills and valleys nearby denuded of loose stones altogether. Inadvertently, then, this is as much a museum of local geology—a catalog of rocks—as it is a churchyard.