Tower is carved from something sold to me as "zebra marble".
For a marble, it's rather hard. In fact, my chisels just bounced off it,
so I learned a bit about diamond abrasives to create this sculpture.
The figuring in this stone is astounding; the layers have sharp boundaries
between the white and black. I have no idea what natural processes resulted
in this pattern.
I was somewhat inspired by middle eastern minarets as I created this
work, though I must admit to being constrained by the shape of the raw
stone as well. Note that the spiral pattern isn't quite as simple as it
looks. There are more faces at the top than there are at the bottom
of you examine it closely.
5 inches in diameter and 17 inches tall.