The artist Andy Goldsworthy has made it very popular to build little towers of balanced rocks. Some call them vernacular Earth art
; I suspect that geologists call them a slightly better variety of graffiti
because naturally balanced stones are an important indicator of prehistoric seismicity
. But little did I know that there are actually ten-step instructions
. Here are the first three steps:
"1. Donít think about rock piles for at least a week.
"2. Approach the rocks in a way that makes them want to participate in your pile.
"3. Start from the top down. Talk to the biggest rock first."
The Myrtle Street Review has the rest, and the whole list makes me think the exercise may be worthy after all. Also, I've added it to my Geology Poetry category.
Natural balanced stone Photo courtesy James Brune