Listening to the Memory of the Universe with Pino Sciola

When I wrote the post on Pinuccio Sciola’s singing stones, I received many messages from readers asking me to post a video to give an idea of what kind of sound what we think of as dead matter was releasing. Pretty understandable as you don’t see many people making music out of seemingly silent rocks.

Pino Sciola’s open-air museum

So the other day I went back to San Sperate, a colourful town in southern Sardinia, and let the artist take me to another dimension, the dimension where we can connect to Planet Earth through its sounds, the dimension where you have the impression stones are alive.

“While using the oxyhydrogen flame to heat and cut the stone, I saw a red fluid coming out of it, it was its blood. Basalt is a volcanic stone, and it was going back to its lava origins, it gave me the willies.”

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Sciola’s Stones one of Sardinia’s Best-Kept Secrets

Pinuccio Sciola is, undoubtedly, one of Sardinia’s best secrets, and by all means one of our regional prides.

He’s known all over the world, and if you have the chance to talk to him you’ll understand why. His art involves a fascinating holistic approach that embraces all aspects of a single phenomenon. With him, stones become alive, show their philosophical importance, allow us to linger and enjoy yet another sound of nature, and tell us a thing or two about the universe.

Different languages, disciplines, yet-to-discover natural laws, all meet in the realm Sciola has created in his open-air museum. Which is “overwhelming in the evening, when the sun sets beyond the skyline”, according to its king.

Defining Sciola merely a sculptor would be limiting towards both his art and his stones.

If only for a minute we think over the meaning of discovering and listening to the sound hidden, somehow withheld, inside these stones, we would see Sciola’s sounding stones as the means for uncovering a bottomless treasure trove.

We would discover a voice that potentially could reveal new aspects of our most remote past to us, up to how the planet was created and what happened prior to humanity

If limestone is fossilized water, what can a piece of this material tell us about its own creation? It’s almost as if the earth wants to talk to us and finally it’s managing to through Sciola’s hands.

The Legacy of Pinuccio Sciola

Probably because I’m a native of Sardinia, I like it that the art through which Pinuccio Sciola showed us the memory of the universe comes from my same land.

Our thousand-year-old stone tradition, the magnetic fields around Giants’ Tombs, the 8,000 stone towers scattered around the whole territory are the evidence that Sardinia has always had a special relationship with stones. And this is why discovering the ancient stone buildings are one of the best things to do in Sardinia.

Pino Sciola has given us a new dimension regarding sculpture. To the extent that we can enjoy his otherwise only-visual creations also with our eyes closed. By listening to the stones’ otherworldly sound, we have the impression of being hearing the planet’s inner voice and the different elements interacting with each other, with our past, present and future blending together.

The first time I met Sciola I asked him when was the exact moment he realised stones could release music and he told me he didn’t know how to answer the question. He’s right, it’s a spontaneous process everybody should go through in order to catch up with a reconnection with the earth, something we have lost somewhere during evolution.

Sometimes I feel that although we, humans, are natural beings, we don’t lead a very natural life. We don’t “earth”, we don’t walk barefoot in nature as often as we are supposed to in order to absorb the planet’s energy, feel relaxed and be connected with our genuine habitat.

Entering Sciola’s open-air museum (he was walking barefoot), it was the first achievement towards this togetherness. A sort of intermediary step.

I’m aware that the video is a bit long, 7 minutes, but I didn’t want to cut too much. I felt like sharing as much as I could of this visceral sound. Enjoy it all, you might discover new elements nobody has perceived yet.

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13 Comments
  1. Magnifique!Grandiose!!!!!!!!!

  2. Bellissimo testimonianza!

  3. very, very interesting. Before this post, all I knew about Sardinia is that it has gorgeous beaches. Now it also has acoustic rocks? I wonder what other little secrets this destination still has in place for me ;) great post

    (and I’m the first comment in English I see? Let’s add some Spanish into the mix then: ¡Estoy loca por visitar Cerdeña! Se ve preciosa ;)

    – Maria Alexandra

    • Woah thanks for the bilingual comment, I love it when my blog becomes so international ;) Should you come to Sardinia you’ll love it, truly diverse and mysterious, plus, if you speak Spanish locals will understand you ;)

  4. Sardinia seems a place really worth discovering.

  5. I haven’t heard rocks sing before but last year I did visit a real singing lake in the Rockies. The ice had just formed and with the added warmth of the day by lunchtime it started making noises – and sounded very much like a concert. It gave me the shivers listening to it.

  6. Marvelous video! Like the 18th century idea of music of the spheres, making crystal sing by rubbing on it. There are so many arts festivals these days based on sound, I’m thinking of Send + Receive in particular.

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