Snowman Fairy Stone Gogotte

Snowman Fairy Stone Gogotte

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These Gogottes are from Fontainbleu France, where the most wonderful naturally occurring sculptures are found. It dates from the Oligocene Period, and is 30 million years old.

 

Goggotes are formed from quartz crystals and calcium carbonate.

They were produced when superheated water extruded through crevices into a basin of extremely fine white silicate sand. The water was saturated with calcium carbonate (Limestone).

The swirls and eddies of the water were captured in the gradually concreting stone, forming the most wonderful natural sculptures.

 

These superb gogottes can be viewed today in the Versailles Gardens, France.

 

 Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, commissioned similar gogottes to be excavated for his gardens. The ornately rounded, scrolling formations—somewhat Baroque in design—have been restored to their original state surrounding the mysterious Grove of the Three Fountains designed by Le Nôtre in 1677. Known to have inspired artists from the Surrealist Art movement, including Jean Arp, these wonderful forms can compare to the most beautiful modern sculpture. A particularly well-preserved example of a sandstone concretion is on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.