Stone stacking is a meditative artistic skill which can be produced anywhere, with a growing global movement. Stone stacking utilises the materials found in nature and balancing uses nothing more than the natural gravitational pull of the Earth.
Beaches and shores provide a great backdrop for this street art technique due to the abundance of rocks and stones which have been eroded by centuries of tides. These abstract shapes can produce sculptures of amazing shapes and gravity defying angles. There are many different techniques used that come under different categories of stone stacking, from simply trying to achieve the highest stone stack to creating arches and artistic balances. This myriad of stone stacking techniques is what keeps its artists going back daily to try and achieve the next great display. Unlike many other artforms the materials are provided by nature itself, each time you go to stone stack you find new and interesting raw materials which can give the artist new inspiration.
Stone stacking also provides a great form of meditation with the artist lost in the concentration of working with the raw materials they find scattered in nature and grappling with gravity to produce the perfect balance. The level of concentration required to stone stack embraces the artist and consumes their entire concentration, freeing their mind of other thoughts and providing not only a stone balance but a balance within the artist. The meditative benefits of stone stacking is a great reason that children embrace this activity, giving them a task which invokes their full concentration and can bring balance in a world of stimulation.
The World stone stacking championship is held annually in Texas at Llano Earth Art fest, with the UK’s first stone stacking championship held annually in Dunbar, Scotland (home of the world’s greatest naturalist John Muir). These competitions attract the world’s best stone stackers and provide a temporary gallery of art which is naturally reclaimed.