Created August 8, 2014 in Bend, OR, USA.
Designed for your meditation space, each photo is infused into a metal frame for maximum durability (300+ years). Made in USA. Final product has smaller watermark.
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About BEAUTY - #73
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” - Camille Pissarro
While attending my Cousin’s wedding, there were a few hours of “down time” where I was able to explore the awesome landscape of Bend. If you have never been there, the best way that I can explain the area is “prehistoric.” As I was hiking a trail along the Deschutes River, all I could think of was how dinosaurs had previously set foot exactly where I was walking. What a humbling and exciting experience!
The water seemed somewhat calm, but the stream was steady and strong. There was abundant green foliage all along the water, and the air was dusty and dry. The trees were huge, as this forest has been around for many years. As I looked for the perfect spot to balance, I froze when I saw the huge egg-shaped stone that you see in this edition. The scene where it lay was exactly what I was looking for… so I took it as a sign from the universe and began to go to work.
The final balance ended up being suspended in a way that I never could have envisioned and took about 20-30 minutes to complete. Only by working with the volcanic stone and feeling it’s unique distribution of weight was I able to settle on a form that I was satisfied with. The final balance ended up being EXTREMELY delicate, and I was blessed to have very little wind in my favor.
After 10 minutes of enjoying the sculpture and taking photographs of the landscape before me, I went to wet the sculpture before leaving for the evening’s wedding festivities. The balance was so delicate that the moment the water touched the “joint” of the balance, the top stone tumbled into the bottom of the river. Standing on the edge, I could feel the thud of the stone as it hit the bottom. With thousands of gallons of water constantly rushing over the now submerged stone, who knows how long it will be until that stone is freed from the water? My guess is a few thousand years at the very least…
The final edition ended up becoming something amazing. The way the volcanic, dino egg-shaped stone is balanced in such a unique way is a fantastic reminder of how short our incredible lives are in the grand scheme of the universe. Knowing this, we can humbly make the best of each moment we are given!