I'm teaching classes this year, in case you or your friends are interested in learning an unusual skill! Sign up at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/artsclasses.aspx
Stone Balance class Saturday May 6, 2017 30: 9:30 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM.
Stone Balance class Saturday July 29, 2017 30: 9:30 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM.
My guidebook is on Amazon.com: Center of Gravity: A Guide to the Practice of Rock Balancing
The Japanese edition of my book is available. あなたもできる!奇跡のロックバランシング is on Amazon.co.jp. If you read Japanese, I would appreciate very much if you would buy and give it a brief review!
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.