Head to McKee Botanical Garden on July 15 to learn the ancient art of stone balancing from Master Balancer Adam Conard (ZOTO), from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Balancing and stacking stones is a prehistoric art form that even predates 2D cave paintings. While stacking stones is popular, the art of stone balancing at the master level is rare. Conard will describe the differences between rock stacking and stone balancing, while touching briefly on the history of the art form and how he got his start.
Conard will demonstrate techniques, setting a base, selecting stones, visualizing balance points, and equilibrium lines. Following the demonstration, he will lead a hands-on session where guests can try their hands at stone balancing. He will go over safety and will work with everyone individually as they try to create a balance. It is recommended that guests bring a water bottle, wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray.
Conard’s “Playing with Gravity” exhibition is on display throughout the garden through July 30. This never-before-seen exhibition features stone balances at the mastery level intended to inspire one to believe in the unbelievable. These sculptures are true balances; no glues or other attachments of any kind are used.
Admission is $10-$15 Children (2-12). McKee members and children under 2 free.