Stone Made Objects
Intangible Heritage of UNESCO Global Geoparks
A fascinating way to express local geodiversity and its role in shaping local identity is to uncover and tell the stories of
objects made from materials from the Earth’s crust. Most of the objects surrounding us - either valuable or everyday items-use rocks and minerals as their raw materials. The relationship between the raw material and the object has been the manifestation of the Human-Earth dialogue revealing many stories:
A geological story, about how natural processes have generated specific rocks. Millions or hundreds of millions of years passed from the formation of the raw material until the moment when people turned it into an object.
An anthropological story, helping to create a sense of place and unique identity. This is the story of how local communities have used geological resources to create objects for use or ornamentation.
This exhibition of the story of our use of stone, and of the geological heritage behind it, comes from 32 Geoparks across Europe, within the Global Geoparks Network. It relates how human creativity has turned geological materials into a cultural practice or a local, regional or international industry, with socio-economic impact; it highlights how these practices and industries developed, faded and died, or are still alive in a new socio-economic context.
The exhibition takes place as part of the UNESCO Global Geopark application of the Natur- a Geopark Mëllerdall.