Landmark #4: Moneley
16 x 20”, Gouache and Pastel on Paper
Only recently discovered, Moneley is a cave hidden beneath a limestone cliff, known for its unique geological characteristics. Due to its very rare combination of minerals and fickle climate conditions, Moneley is not the standard limestone color, but displays the entire spectrum of colors, which are expressed in the many layers of its limestone columns. What perplexes speleologists is that the colors of the formations tend to create patterns that are not logical, but aesthetically pleasing like a painting- almost as if the cave was expressing itself. Or, it may be that Moneley is not animated at all- just an instrument through which wind and time play their song.