The weird art of stone balancing

Artist Adrian Gray has tipped up in London this week bringing with him a stack of stones from Dorset

Matilda Battersby
Wednesday 22 June 2011 13:17 BST

Adrian Gray is a professional stone balancer. He started placing different shaped rocks precariously on top of each other one day because he wanted “to make a beautiful family group of stones”.

That was more than eight years ago, and he has since constructed all manner of impossible looking sculptures on the Dorset shoreline near his home.

“I realised that stones would balance in a really strange way,” he explained. “People come up to me and ask if I’ve stuck the stones down with blue tack or glue. Then I simply lift off the top stone and they look astonished.”

This gravity-defying technique has led to Gray’s sculptures being exhibited in local galleries and he has been invited to bring a bit of stone balancing to an Apostrophe café in London’s Baker Street this afternoon.

During his residency, which will last until Friday, the artist will create all manner of stone sculptures positioning and repositioning a pebble every 5 or 10 minutes and teaching visitors how to create their own.

Click here or on the image to see examples of Gray’s sculptures in pictures

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