A large-scale installation by Vassily Kononov-Gredin titled Stone Garden consists of 250 mirrors installed on the ledges and walls of the Beryozovsky quarry in Satka. The Beryozovsky quarry has been producing magnesite for the production of refractory bricks since 1980, and after 40 years, at the end of the last year, the extraction of the mineral was halted, the pumps removing water from the bottom were turned off, and now the quarry is slowly filling up.
The mirrors of Kononov-Gredin's installation are set up to reflect sunlight onto the quarry walls concealed in the shadows and onto the water surface. The artificial nature of the landscape, its view of through the mirrors, and refracted light create a space resembling a Japanese stone garden. The installation allows the viewer to interact with those places of the quarry that had been previously hidden and to shift the usual points of view on its landscape: the quarry is perceived in a new way through mirrors and reflections. However, a new form of perception of an artificial landscape is impossible without human presence and awareness. Space is reflected in people, and through the mirror installation, we see how the human world is reflected in the quarry.
It will be flooded and will go underwater together with the installation, so from the moment of the work’s creation, the viewers become witnesses to its disappearance.