Why Balance Rocks?
It's mythic art.
Balancing rocks facilitates inner balance.
Rocks balance with my analytic design mind at full rest.
The thing I enjoy most is exercising hard in intimacy with wild nature;
Once captured, I look around for the rock that wants to balance on it. Sometimes all but a small bit will be buried under sand or other rocks, but the identity of the balance rock is nonetheless intuitively obvious.
At that point I have to get the one balanced on the other. The physical challenge of joining them can be considerable. I have rolled two hundred pound rocks for hundreds of yards; climbed hundred pound rocks a hundred feet up steep cliffs; carried hundred pound rocks across the bottom of deep pools while holding my breath, leaving the rock and coming up for air each ten feet...
Some rocks are so heavy that it is difficult to stand them up. I lost one into the ocean 300 feet below because it started tipping and my choices were to let it go or follow it down.
Sometimes the rock balances in seconds, sometimes it takes several minutes.
There is a certain magic to the moment of balance.
Madness is so prevailing in our world that working on ecological designs at times seems futile.
I find it therapeutic to commit substantial effort to create something of magic and beauty which is so ephemeral.
Sometimes the rock falls before I can turn around to look at it. Though you never know--some of the most precariously balanced rocks last the longest. I balanced rocks for years before taking the first photograph. The most powerful and beautiful were done far from any camera.
Balancing rocks gets me used to working for beauty in the face of irresistible forces which may tear it down. Transferred to my work, I can embrace the crafting of beautiful designs without being paralyzed by the fear that they will shortly be bulldozed or won't matter.
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