Top 4 stones in popular culture
It's no surprise that, here at Surfacepedia, we're a little bit stone-crazy. Marble, sandstone, porcelain – whatever it is, as long as it's hard and formed over millions of years of geologic processes, we're passionate about it.
But whether you're a stone expert or simply an ordinary home owner, before you set eyes on a granite counter top the first time, it's likely you were exposed to stone another way: Through the medium of popular culture. Here are a few of the most famous instances of natural stone in popular culture, when the idea of surface protection was just a twinkle in your eye.
The Sword in the Stone
This legend about how mythical King Arthur came to be king of Britain predates just about all of our modern forms of pop culture. We've all heard it in one form or another, and the variations of the tale are almost as many as the years it's been around.
But arguably the most indelible portrayal of this story was in Disney's 1963 film The Sword in the Stone. A young, orphaned Arthur – all skin and bones – is able to outdo the biggest and strongest men to pull a sword from – what else – the stone and become king, in a supposed "miracle".
The Asterix comics have remained wildly popular since being created in 1959 by writer Rene Goscinny and cartoonist Albert Uderzo. The series, following the adventures of Asterix and his best friend Obelix as they fought back the attempts at conquest by the "crazy Romans", has been read by just about anyone who's ever had a library card.
Along with wicked puns and magic potions, one of the unforgettable features of the series is Obelix and the ever-present menhir he carries around – a type of massive standing stone that can be found peppered all through Britain, France and other European countries, sculpted from stone like granite.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
A thrill ride from start to finish, Raiders of the Lost Ark first introduced us to the intrepid archeologist (and sometime college professor) Indiana Jones. Brave and charming, yet always escaping (sometimes literally) by the scruff of his neck, Indy was heroic yet relatable. Yet he was almost upstaged in his own movie.
For our money, the real star of Raiders was the giant boulder which chases Indy down during the opening of the movie, a scene which has been spoofed countless times.
It's interesting that, despite the numerous feats of derring-do found throughout the films, it's this image – Indy sprinting, prize under his armpit and hat perfectly in place while a massive stone gains on him – that most comes to mind when thinking of the Indiana Jones series. We'd like to think that fact has something to do with the stone.
Just about any John Ford film you can name
We've spoken before about John Ford's love affair with Monument Valley, the famed southern Utah national park full of enormous, uniquely shaped sandstone boulders. Formed by water-based erosion over the course of hundreds of millions of years, the sight is not only breathtaking, it's a striking reminder of why sandstone protection is so essential.
Monument Valley has a bigger filmography than some actors do. It was a frequent setting for Ford's westerns (Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), but other classics also used it to great effect: Easy Rider, National Lampoon's Vacation, Forrest Gump – all of these and more had scenes set in the valley.
We all have fond memories of stones in TV, film and books. But you shouldn't let the stone inside your home become just a similarly fond memory. Protect it with Dry-Treat products like STAIN-PROOF Original™, that will keep damaging substances like water out of the material.