Rock Balancing, English Bay Vancouver BC; Environmental Portrait

Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.
Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.

Rock Balancing, or Stone Stacking, here the portrait features the art more than the artist.

This young man was busy at work, we were out for a stroll along Vancouver’s English Bay, that is the seawall in the background, and helps to eliminate  any distraction and isolate the subject. Stone Stacking or Rock Balancing is considered a performance art, and if you visit Flicker you can see lots of pictures of rocks that had been stacked in nature. Rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.

This young man was completely absorbed in the task, and I am guessing that for some the activity would be meditative, I was reluctant to disturb him to get a name and or more information about how long he has been stacking stones.  I guess I will have to go for another walk, this time to have a conversation.

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8 thoughts on “Rock Balancing, English Bay Vancouver BC; Environmental Portrait

  1. I can’t believe that the first stack of stones is purely balancing on one another!. I must admit, I love things like this – people creating their own pieces of art in public spaces, just waiting for other people to discover them.

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    1. it is quite amazing, and I have seen rock stacks of 5 and 6 rocks, go to flicker photo sharing, it is quite amazing. then the tide washes in, and the artist starts over again! somedays there are a dozen or more stacks!

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