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 Peter Juhl

Peter Juhl

A good magic trick presents what we know to be a deception and makes us want to believe it’s real. A balanced stone sculpture does the opposite: We know it’s real, but want to believe it’s a trick.

Uniting elements of performance art, sculpture, and meditation, I arrange natural stones found on location, using only shape, weight, and friction to create ephemeral works of art. No glue, magnets, or other artificial supports are used. Often enduring for mere minutes before toppling, the sculptures live on in photographs.

I have been balancing rocks for about twenty years and regularly travel to Lake Superior’s North Shore to create and photograph my passion: balanced stone art. The sculptures evoke a sense of serenity and pleasing tension by juxtaposing the strength of the individual stones with the fragility of the finished creation. In addition to exhibiting photos in local galleries, I also teach the art of stone balancing at The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and give presentations on the art form for schools and organizations.


 In early 2013 I published the first widely available book on the subject:    Center of Gravity: A Guide to the Practice of Rock Balancing   , available from Amazon.com and directly from me.

In early 2013 I published the first widely available book on the subject: Center of Gravity: A Guide to the Practice of Rock Balancing, available from Amazon.com and directly from me.