Buoy Stone

One of the greatest mysteries of Megalithic era construction surrounds the transportation of stones from quarry to site. It is thought that the Bluestones of Stonehenge were rendered buoyant with animal bladders and transported up the river Avon. A similar theory suggests ancient Egyptians carved canals to float their stones. While this practical solution explains distance of travel with little energy, it must have been quite a ceremony to float a stone! Not only is conventional perception inverted for such an event; but also, all traces of such a miracle are stripped from history in service of wonder. 100 years ago, a weighty institution commuted across the river Charles. Today, a stone megalith reimagines that commute. This project is part of MIT’s 2016 Campus Centennial.