Geologic Equilibrium

John Venlet's avatar John Venlet

Geologic Equilibrium is a sculpture comprised of rocks and stones gathered over 25 years of casual rock hounding set in a bed of pea gravel. Most of the larger rocks in the piece were gathered from various Michigan locations; riverbanks, uprooted forest trees, Great Lakes beaches, and even holes dug in backyards; each selected because of their individual appeal to the eye or feel in the hand. Initially each rock I gathered came home with me simply because I liked the rock, but then I began playing with them, so to speak, jumbling them together in piles, stacking them randomly, or placing individual rocks in various locations throughout the yard or within my home to simply be admired for their individual uniqueness. As I "played" with my rocks, though, stacking them using only gravity and balance to create sculptures, I found that what I created with rocks sculpted by nature's hand, assisted by the pull of gravity and balance, appealed not to just my eye, but other individuals' eyes.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Rocks and stones
  • Width: 8' X 6'
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 36 inches