Balancing Stones




A friend and myself discovered Stone Balancing on a trip in Czechoslovakia more than 10 years ago. We had finished building a dam across the stream and with  nothing more to do, started balancing stones. The results were and continue to remain surprising.


It can be classified as a temporary art form where the creator needs endless patience and control to achieve his or her goal. Beautiful in rivers, unsuspected on mountain paths and out of place in city settings, the balanced stones give a different perspective to that which is often though impossible. I have even seen birds get upset.





Rules of the Game.


One stone is balanced on another in a difficult or interesting position. Sometimes the connecting points are no more than a millimeter or two.


A third or fourth may be added, sometimes a fifth is even possible.


No smaller rocks, glue or cement can be added to help support the structure.





With correct balance stones may stand for days, even in wind and rain, but will fall over with the slightest touch. Dogs and curious people are thus ones greatest threats.


Warning. As Balanced Stones are unstable and do fall with the slightest touch, be sure not to place them in areas were children might play. Wear shoes and watch your back, especially with large rocks.


Tip: Take it slow, look at the rocks closely and find a match. Do not try to show-off !! 




For fun, try making them stand in moving water or in especially windy conditions. One can lean rocks or boulders against the pressure in the water. In wind it is surprising how aerodynamic rocks can be.


 A few stacked in close proximity can really change ones surroundings.






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