Living Stones, The Romanian Trovants Museum Natural Reserve, Romania

Posted on August 19, 2012 by

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the exhibition list

Today’s intriguing, photographic fairy-tale of a blog is courtesy of Costin Irimia.

In Romania, at about 35 km from Ramnicu Valcea, going towards Targu Jiu – not far from where the great sculptor Brancusi was born – is located one of the most interesting museum of Romania, The Romanian Trovants Museum Natural Reserve. The exhibits are a collection of some beautifully strange stones, supposed to be formed about 6 million years before in a sand stratification cemented by the limestone waters. Once you have gotten there you are overwhelmed by the multitude of shapes of these stones that seem to be carved by a very skillful and gifted sculptor.  They are called “the living stones” or “the stones that are growing by themselves”.  The museum is known as “Muzeul Trovantilor” and it is a must see for a visitor of Romania. The “curator” of the museum is  KOGAYON ASSOCIATION and they are protected by UNESCO.

the exhibition list

the exhibition list

the exhibition list

growing stones, romania, the exhibition list

growing stones, romania, the exhibition list

the exhibition list, romania, growing stones

the exhibition list, romania, growing stones

growing stones, the exhibition listTRANSLATED IN ROMANIAN: Mergand de la Ramnicu Valcea catre Tirgu Jiu, chiar inainte de Horezu, la Costesti, se zareste la iesirea dintr-o curba, o fosta cariera de nisip, de proportii modeste. Calatorul grabit si neavizat poate oricand sa treaca linistit pe langa aceasta rapa, fara sa stie ca a trecut prin dreptul unui muzeu in aer liber, unic in lume, dedicat unor pietre extrem de interesante denumite generic TROVANTI (http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trovant). Cine are curiozitatea sa viziteze acest muzeu, aflat in custodia celor de la Asociatia KOGAYON http://www.kogayon.ro/, va fi in mod sigur uluit de multitudinea de forme, care mai de care mai ciudate, pe care Mama Natura a dat-o, cu mestesugul unui iscusit  sculptor, cel putin de talia lui Brancusi sau Kan Yasuda si  printr-o metoda numai de ea stiuta, acestor bolovani, care masoara de la cativa zeci de centimetri, la cativa metri buni. Sunt denumite in popor “pietrele vii” sau “pietrele care cresc” desi geologii nu au inca o opinie clara si uniforma asupra formarii acestora in urma cu milioane de ani si nu impartasesc ipoteza populara potrivit careia bolovanii ingropati cresc singure dedesubt precum poamele de pamant. Am petrecut o intreaga zi de primavara  minunandu-ma de aceste curiozitati si, bucurandu-ma de spectacolul estetic oferit de o simpla dar rafinata adunatura de bolovani, am realizat cateva fotografii care incearca sa surprinda si sa evoce calitatea sculpturala a acestor pietre pe care le-am simtit, in ciuda parerii specialistilor, teribil de vii.

Location: Muzeul Trovanților din Costești, județul Vâlcea, Romania

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