pierced wall

this morning my mom asked if I was gonna go stack more rocks as I went to leave the house. “no,” I said with utmost sincerity, “just gonna see if the one I made the other day is still up, take some pictures, then drive home. I’ll see you in a bit.” jumped in the truck, drove to fort williams, saw the drum in complete destruction, felt some mild disappointment, then went to walk back to my truck.

something inside me lurched. “you can’t leave without doing SOMETHING, you know,” said the devil on my shoulder. “gotta go home and do that job you said you’d take care of,” argued the angel on the other side, weakly. he knew very well I was gonna stay – before I had even gotten halfway through thinking about my job at home, I had turned around and found myself marching right back over the beach to look for some starter rocks.

this one was a lot of fun to do. my back still hurts from yesterday’s “drum” which employed a lot of large stones pretty high up, and the site I picked was pretty far from the remains of my recent works, so I figured I would do something a little different from what I’ve normally done.

these two logs were already in place like this with their ends touching, so I wanted to emphasize their connecting and diverging aspects – to separate them into two distinct moments.

originally, I had intended to make an arch between the two logs so you could see both moments, but I realized that the moments where the rocks were piling up against the logs were really interesting to me. when I realized this I went ahead and filled in the middle section. this really furthered the idea of isolation, so I worked to make sure as little light came through the structure as possible.

the rectilinearity and regularity were also important to me, because I haven’t tried anything this controlled before now. I don’t know if it turned out quite as cleanly as I wanted, but it’s a learning experience.

well… fun experience. using smaller rocks was definitely a little bit of a change of pace, meant I had to work more carefully as I couldn’t rely on the weight of the next level of stones to rectify the mistakes I made in the previous courses. I guess the other thing that made me enjoy this was taking the logs as unalterable site, something I’ve only done with larger boulders before, and they’re still (basically) flat surfaced, planar. I plan to work this part of my creativity a little more this summer.

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