River City Bangkok presents the “Crystal Walk” exhibition. The exhibition will be from 30 July 2020 onwards at River City Bangkok exhibition hall on the 3rd Floor.
The exhibition will display more than 20 rare ancient crystals discovered in the US, France, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Indonesia, and India. These crystals are believed to have been formed between 30,000 to almost 200 million years ago after a long and complex process involving an interaction between volcanic activity, water, and pressure.
The specimens on display include Gogottes, formed in the final stages of an ice age (between 30,000-50,000 years ago), in layers between buried fossil beach and the clay above.
The shapes were created by complex processes of freezing, weathering, thawing and mineralisation, consisting of older and pure silica sand from the fossil beach cemented together with silica that percolated through the clay layer above that, in turn, resulted in the most wonderful natural sculptures.
It is reported that Louis XIV bought these large Gogottes to decorate the gardens in The Palace of Versailles. However, they become badly weathered by the elements and exposure. Smaller Gogottes were found in the mid-20th century and they were highly prized by famous sculptors of the period. These include Brancusi, Arp, and Moore.
All the pieces came from the private collection of Rober McLeod, a geologist and the owner of Agata Gallery.