Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Balancing act

It finally stopped snowing. We dug ourselves (for the last time, I hope) out of the parking lot, and drove down to White Rock for some salty air.

It's green down there! Snow lurks in dark corners still, but the road and sidewalks are clear, the lawns are green. Laurie even saw a dandelion!

So far South. The banana belt of BC. We felt as if we'd been transported to Hawaii. (Well, not quite; it was still cold.)

We walked towards Kwomais Point from the eastern tip of the park. The tide was going out, but still high enough that we had to stick to the rocks at first. There was plenty to see, a couple of things to wonder about; I'll write about them tomorrow.

A good ways along the shore, Laurie saw these balanced rocks, and pointed them out to me:

"Seated woman"
Photo on the diagonal, to include the surrounding multicoloured rocks and stones.

I have always been intrigued by these towers, and this one was unusually beautiful, almost like a sculpture; I took dozens of photos from all angles.

A "robe" of barnacles

I ended up sitting on the wet rocks to get it against the sky.

Detail of balance point. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't been seeing it.

Clear view. And beyond, the artist himself, working on another tower.

"Let's see; this one fits this way ..."

Adding rock #4.


Second tower, as it stood when we passed, going home.

I spoke to the artist; his name is Gary, and he has a nice smile. And loads of talent.

I found a YouTube documentary (4:11) about a well-known local rock-balancing artist, Kent Avery. I've seen his work on English Bay. Amazing!

*Update, February 7th: Here are Gary's Flickr photos: some more amazing work!



  1. That's really neat. Much more interesting than the cliched inuksuk you usually run across in such places (which, on double-checking the spelling, I discover the person-shaped ones have their own special label, inunnguaq, and that inuksuk is the name for any sort of manmade stone landmarks/cairns, which these would technically qualify as). The first sculpture just begs for you to reach out and touch that upper pink rock, to see whether it might be glued or wired in place.

  2. Amazing, how they can find the balance! I watched the video.

  3. I love the shots with the angles and the artist in the background. He is really talented. It looks impossible to stay balanced even for a moment. But with all the rocks, the artist can create and re-create to his heart's content. - Margy

  4. Balanced rocks make interesting artwork of a temporary nature. There is a man who lives near me who owns an acre or two and a rural road goes along one side of his property. He has many rock "people" decorating his bit of land.

  5. Wow..that guy is good!
    Amazing talent..
    thanks for photographing so we can all see this...


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