This is a visual re-interpretation of Einstein’s famous quote. (Quote in title from Albert Einstein - ^ Calaprice, Alice (2005), The new quotable Einstein, Princeton University Press, p. 173, ISBN 0-691-12075-7 Other versions of the quote exist.)
Cairns, ahus, stone stacking, rock balancing, inuksuk (also spelled “inukshuk”) creating stacked rock temples, natural markers of beauty using the primary found object - rock, stone or pebbles, etc.
Similar to Japanese Ishidoro stone monuments, such as Gorinto, and Hokyo-into this set is in celebration of the lovely mature Cherry Tree Colonnade at the University of Washington, in a procession from the twin Art and Music buildings.
These have a commonly included feature of space, distance and time — structures such as relationships shown marked out by the concrete grid, which brings us to the topic of human interactions. Interactions with nature, with each other, and with ourselves.
History of Happenstance -
Invited to lunch by Jill Woelf and her husband Karl during spring blooming of the University of Washington cherry tree colonade, (which I term the Festival of Cherry Trees), I was just about to leave, walking my bike past the University of Washington’s Art building I noticed some rocks laying around. Seeing nobody to notice or care, I quickly assembled them by stacking them into structures, then photographed them until the sun went down.
Before I was able to complete photographing these works, several small groups of people arrived, and treated the assemblage as an art show, except for one small child who, standing on the last large concrete block kicked all the rocks and pebbles off the top with a grin and a charge before he could be stopped. His parents apologized profusely - but I was really proud of him for doing what was natural without concern.
I believe only about 30 people saw the 15 or so original works before they were removed.-