Stone Cutter

Sharon Muhammad

Bermudian (b. 1954)

Pastel on paper

2004

Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Purchase made possible by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Steinhoff.

Here Sharon Muhammad captures a contemporary stone cutter
working in a traditional Bermuda quarry, surrounded by blocks
of freshly cut limestone.
For three centuries Bermuda relied on quarrying to build houses
and the landscape was dotted with limestone quarries. Sadly,
today no working quarries remain – the hand cut blocks of
stone having been replaced by cements blocks and the use of
Bermuda stone relegated to walls and decorative accents.
According to an article published in The Bermudian magazine
in February 2023, it is estimated that there are only six stone
cutters left in Bermuda today.

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