Solid line-up for Geology Education Week

| 06/10/2016
CNS Local Life

Dr Brian Jones (left) leads a field trip during last year’s Geology Education Week

(CNS Local Life): The fourth annual Geology Education Week is set to take place Monday, 17 October to Friday, 21 October, with renowned geologist Dr Brian Jones again hosting the event. In addition, Horacio Esteban, who has been creating Caymanite sculptures for more than 30 years, will use his work to show the artistic value inherent in the unique geology of the Cayman Islands.

The Water Authority-Cayman again is organising the week’s events, which will include geology lessons for students at local high schools as well as a development day for educators and other professionals that will include visits to sites of geological significance in Grand Cayman.

Esteban has said in the past that his art “is not only made in Cayman, it is Cayman” because of the raw stone he uses as the medium for his sculptures.

“Each rock is almost like a time capsule,” he said, adding that many of his sculptures and photographs highlight unique inclusions and fossils that are of geological significance.

A selection of his prints and sculptures will soon be on display in the Water Authority’s lobby for customers and the general public to view through the rest of October. The authority’s director, Dr Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, said that she is looking forward to seeing customers’ reactions to the artwork.

“At the authority, our interest in geology is primarily scientific but Mr Esteban’s sculptures will help show the public how beautiful the rocks and fossils of the Cayman Islands can be,” she said.

Dr Jones will address the scientific value of the local geology through a series of lectures offered to participating high schools. “Dr Jones’ history of geology research and education in the Cayman Islands spans the last 30 years,” Dr Frederick-van Genderen said. “We are pleased that the Water Authority is once again able to host Geology Education Week and provide an opportunity for Dr Jones to share his expertise with local students and educators.”

Esteban said he is looking forward to meeting Dr Jones. “Meeting him for the first time is going to be pretty interesting given that his books have formed the backbone of my own research and discovery,” he said.


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