Undertoad Monday Nov 14 07:21 PM
11/14/2005: Rock balancing
Mav Monday Nov 14 08:01 PM
It reminds me of the "backwards photography" movies use sometimes. Like he had someone stack the rocks and hold them up (probably one person for each column there) then on cue they'd all move out of the camera view, picture was taken, and rocks fall ;p
xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 14 08:21 PM
1. He does this where it's always windy.
Cory Wire Monday Nov 14 08:43 PM
No no, this is real. I saw this done at the Exploratorium in San Fran. It was really cool.
BigV Monday Nov 14 10:38 PM
I drive by a place where this is done and redone several times a week. I've often thought of stopping and snapping a picture. Ok, now I have something to connect it to. I really don't think there's anything but rocks and gravity and friction and patience involved.
BigV Monday Nov 14 10:41 PM
Oh, and welcome to the cellar, Cory Wire.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 14 11:35 PM
Thanks Cory Wire, how'd you wander into the Cellar?
Sundae Tuesday Nov 15 06:04 AM
mlandman Tuesday Nov 15 07:37 AM
Trilby Tuesday Nov 15 07:43 AM
well, a lot of art IS gay.
axlrosen Tuesday Nov 15 12:08 PM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Nov 15 01:59 PM
Yes...go to UT's link in the first post and click on Gallery. Then down at the bottom of the gallery click on the next Gallery, etc, etc. 6 all together, I think.
Skunks Tuesday Nov 15 04:41 PM
They do a variation of that around here; this is a horrible example, but I don't have my camera on hand at the moment. And I'm lazy.
Cory Wire Tuesday Nov 15 05:00 PM
Thanks for the welcome, everybody. I love this site---been lurking a pretty long time. I think I found out about it from Feces Flinging Monkey.
capnhowdy Tuesday Nov 15 05:20 PM
Life must have balance, Danielson...
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Nov 15 07:46 PM
capn, there are links on the guy's website to a bunch of people that do this around the country.
capnhowdy Tuesday Nov 15 08:01 PM
yeah.. there's something mysical about this. I'm trying to recall the guy in Fla. that built a home/city out of rock. He had like two ton rocks balanced for doors, gates, etc. He started having too many visitors and moved it quite a ways away. (Overnite if I recall). And he claimed to use no modern equipment. I think it is still open for the public . Even tho the dude died and left no revalation as to his "secrets".
Kitsune Tuesday Nov 15 11:24 PM
Ah, yes, the best art always comes from deep inside schizophrenia.
BigV Wednesday Nov 16 11:41 AM
Sometimes art comes from Fremont, the center of the universe.
BigV Wednesday Nov 16 11:42 AM
A couple more, one particularly massive.
BigV Wednesday Nov 16 11:44 AM
A close up of the topmost joint of the second picture, showing daylight coming through.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Nov 16 09:01 PM
Wait a damn minute here. You expect me to believe those rocks just sit there balancing through weather, wind and vibrations of traffic going by?
capnhowdy Wednesday Nov 16 10:05 PM
I still ain't buyin it....
linknoid Thursday Nov 17 08:23 AM
I've tried my hand at it without any special knowledge, and my conclusion is that it's at least as difficult as it looks.
capnhowdy Thursday Nov 17 09:26 AM
I'm convinced it can be done but I seriously doubt their longevity.
wolf Thursday Nov 17 11:11 AM
I wasn't very good at playing Blockhead as a kid, so I'd probably be hopeless at this.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Nov 17 11:46 AM
Wolf, not with your best effort or on your worst day, could you ever be a block-head.
wolf Thursday Nov 17 11:47 AM
Elspode Thursday Nov 17 02:22 PM
I think the spiritual aspect is derived from exploiting natural forces and your own internal will and patience.
BigV Monday Nov 28 06:20 PM
This morning's drive revealed *new* art! I passed at about 35mph, so I didn't get a good look, much less a picture, but if they're still standing and the light's good, I'll take another picture. There are about 4 - 5 of them, about six feet tall, all one stone on one stone, no wide multi stone bases.
BigV Thursday Dec 1 12:17 PM
These pics were from Monday. They're down now.
BigV Thursday Dec 1 12:21 PM
The sign says: Please do not touch the rocks, they are balanced. Uh, yah. In a pile on the ground. :p
BigV Thursday Dec 1 12:22 PM
Last ones. Must be cold outside, the last one's wearing a scarf!
glatt Thursday Dec 1 12:44 PM
Those are neat, but I don't approve of them being located where they are, right next to a sidewalk. What happens when a curious tottler walks up to one just as the parent looks down to see the sign? Toddler pushes on a lower rock, parent just starts to yell "No!" as a 35 pound rock falls down onto the top of the kid's noggin, causing brain damage for the rest of her life. Not good.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Dec 1 10:45 PM
Agreed, not a good idea in public space.
capnhowdy Thursday Dec 1 11:03 PM
I bet the City government has regulations opposing these "works".