Rock balancing

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Rock Balancing

Rock balancing is an art, discipline, or hobby depending upon the intent of the practitioner, in which rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions.

Modes of rock balancing[edit]

Rock balancing can be a performance art, a spectacle, or a devotion, depending upon the interpretation by its audience. Essentially, it involves placing some combination of rock or stone in arrangements which require patience and sensitivity to generate, and which appear to be physically impossible while actually being only highly improbable. The rock balancer may work for free or for pay, as an individual or in a group, and their intents and the audiences' interpretations may vary given the situation or the venue.

Styles of rock balancing[edit]

  • Pure Balance - each rock in near-point balance
  • Counter Balance - lower rocks depend on the weight of upper rocks to maintain balance
  • Balanced Stacking - rocks lain flat upon each other to great height
  • Free Style - mixture of the two above; may include arches and sandstone.

Notable rock balance artists[edit]

  • Bill Dan, a San Francisco immigrant artist who is helping popularize the art in the U.S. (and around the world).
  • Andy Goldsworthy, an influential artist working in the field, for whom rock balancing is a minor subset of his "Collaborations With Nature".
  • Dave Gorman, British TV and radio comedian took up rock balancing after meeting Bill Dan in San Francisco.
  • Mark Mason, a Sarasota, Florida based rock balance artist that travels the globe creating ephemeral art.


External links[edit]

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