Stone for [Karl] Prantl provides the fabric of life. He would agree with the poet James H.White who wrote, “there are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined stones.” Stone has an eternal quality. It comes from the earth and returns to the earth. Stones reveal traces of previous existences and contain their own history and many of the stones Prantl has used have at one time had a different purpose or function. He is prepared to travel from one end of the world to the other in his quest for the right stone and his studio and garden are littered with glittering prizes quarried from countries such as Brazil, Japan, Norway, Africa, India, Germany and, of course, Austria.
Peter Murray (p.43-47). From: Karl Prantl Sculpture, Schlosspark Ambras, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Edition Stemmle, Switzerland, 1997