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Hilti tools carve stone in the name of art

Hilti are supporting the ‘Edinburgh Art Festival 2009’ with a range of Hilti tools that are currently being utilised as part of a unique arts event, known as the Milestone carve that is taking place at the festival until the end of August.

Ten international sculptors will each use the Hilti tools to carve a new sculpture in a 2 to 3 tonne block of stone in the Edinburgh College of Art quadrangle. Hilti tools are solely selected for use in this exciting art event due to their long-lasting performances and the added health and safety benefits that they provide. For example, a number of the sculptors are using the Hilti TE 1000 breaker, which chisels without dust when used in conjunction with the Hilti Dust Removal System (TE DRS-B). The unique technology within this Dust Removal System reduces fine dust exposure by up to 95% removing dust both directly from the chisel and at the tool chuck, which is extremely beneficial to the sculptors as they are using the tools for long periods of time. With its industry leading vibration level, the highly innovative TE 1000 breaker also enables the sculptors to have lower vibration levels, therefore reducing risks from vibration and enhancing productivity.

The stone sculptors participating in Milestone are from countries around the globe, ranging from England and Scotland to Japan and Germany. This stone carving event is the largest of its kind ever staged in Scotland, offering the public a rare opportunity to watch international stone sculptors in the process of creating their work.

Talking about the significance of the Milestone carve, lead researcher and participating stone sculptor, Professor Jake Harvey commented, “We hope the sculptures made during this event will stimulate debate about the use of stone in contemporary art. Exposing the process of making these sculptures in this way will generate an awareness of the involvement of tactility and the senses.” Hilti is delighted to be involved with such a highly prestigious event and recognise that their support is important to the sculptors, allowing them to achieve the end result of outstanding sculptures, in a safe and productive manner.

In addition to the Milestone carve, visitors can learn more about stone carving practices all over the world from the accompanying exhibition of films, photographs, interviews, tools, books and sculptures. From the magnificent examples of quarrying the earth’s matrix to the documented craft skills of stone artisans and toolmakers, these enlightening films and other collected data compel a reassessment of how we think about ‘stone’ and the sculptors that work it. The Milestone carve and exhibition form part of the wider STONE project, a three-year research initiative at the Edinburgh College of Art, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and structured by sculptors Jake Harvey and Joel Fisher and filmmaker, Noe Mendelle.