Thursday, January 13, 2005

Balancing Rocks

 

64 comments:

Daliel said...

Bill, I think this blog is a great idea. I'll post a link to it on the website.

#1 Fan said...

Good show, Bill. I have been watching Bill since 1994 he still amazes me. Worth a trip to San Francisco just to see him at work. Bring the kids. They are in for a real treat. See you soon...............Bill

That Darned Budman said...

Bill, I have enjoyed your site immensely. As a novice stacker myself, it's good to know there are others who have given me something to shoot for. Boy, do I have something to shoot for (it's just an exhibition, not a competition). I look forward to future entries and to showing you my craft once it's up to speed. Keep on rockin', and thanks again for the inspiration.

eddyfs said...

Bill Dan, finally I am able to contact You - It is a Privelage My Man. I have been watching You and Your work for a while [ Since You were Balancing Rocks at the Palace of Fine Art - 1997 ].
Keep it up Man . . . .

Bill said...

Right on Guys, If You need anything about How to Balance those Rocks, let Me know.
Rock On

Bill said...

Bill Dan, I saw You Balancing Rocks in Sausalito last Sunday.
Amazing . . Amazing . . Amazing.
Keep it Up - Rock-On.
Sherry and the Group from New York.

Zach Pine said...

Bill-

I'm glad I have an easy way to reach you now! I'm a nature sculptor, and I have aften used balanced rocks in my work. Several years ago at Chrissy Field I saw your work, and you have inspired me ever since. I am a frequent visitor at http://www.rock-on-rock-on.com/, and I have a link to that site on my website; I also name you in my artist's statement as someone who has influenced my work.

You can see my work at www.naturesculpture.com

til soon I hope,

-Zach Pine

Bill said...

Hi Zach, Nice to hear from You - finally. I am aware of Your work very much [ Daliel told Me about Your nice works months ago ] - Keep it up.

Petra said...

Hi Bill =)

THank you for showing me the magic and non-magic of balance, the power of intention and strength of belief.
Many moons, Petra

Peter Imber said...

Bill,
I'm a producer with ABC News and I'd like to talk to you about rock balancing. Call me please if you can at 323 671-5985.

Anonymous said...

My name is Shiro Kawazumi from Japan. I was watching Your Balancing skill on Fuji TV here in Japan earlier this Year : You Rock . . . .

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of People talking about Your Art and Skill, especially when They watch it on TV this past weeks.
We Love Your Art,
Tomoko [Kobe - Japan]

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill,

I enjoyed the demonstration you did in Sausalito on August 5th or 6th. I sure wish I'd had my camera. I had to scan one of your photographs to use on my Web site. It really added to my trip (from Toronto)to California. Here's some other pictures I took while on my San Jose/San Francisco trip.

I hope you're in that area next summer too! Keep the great work.

Gord Collins

Bill said...

Thank's Gord, and everybody else that's been watching Me Balancing Rocks - I'll be doing that in Sausalito for a while [on the week ends ].

Anonymous said...

Bill Dan, Last week I saw You Balancing rocks in Sausalito. Amazing for Sure, I can wait to Practice it as soon as I get back home in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Bill Dan, this is UNBELIEVEBLE - I just found Your web site after so long wandering about You and your work. It is amazing . . . .
When are coming back performing in New York ?
Carla, Michael and the Bunch.

Anonymous said...

Bill,

Love to show your work to my parents who are in town. Do you have a schedule as to where you might be between Feb 20 and 28.

jgrisanzio said...

Love it!

Bill said...

Hi guys, thank's again for the Nice Words - I'll be back again in Sausalito [ on the Weekends - weather permitting].
I'll see Yoy all - bring along Friends, brother and sister, let's Rocks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill, Congratulation for voted the Best Show on annually Fuji-TV Japan - The Show itself was amazing - and to see Your Art work was voted The Best amongs other Art and Performances around the World, it is a privelage.
Ichiro, Shiro, Mariko, Yokohama.

Justin Marks said...

I saw Bill yesterday, and found his work to be profound and motivational. It strikes me as being a metaphor for reaching goals and achieving what is perceived as the impossible.

Amazing.. thanks Bill,
Justin (the English guy in the biker jacket)

www.TotalBusinessTools.com

moxcey said...

my loving soul mate sent me your site . . .I thought I was alone. I have been placing rocks for most of my 53 years. I take pictures of rocks and need to bring some of them into my home. It is wonderful to find you. Your work is moving(well not moving) to ones soul. I am on the east coast in NH. I will dream that some day I may sit and balance with you. I will post some pics on my blog, if I figure out how. Jillangelique

Bill said...

Jillangelique, Greeting From Me and the rest of Us Rocks Balancer. Get ready with the pictures because I am going to tell You to My web master about You and We can add Your work and the pictures on the web.

Georgia said...

It is rather a miracle. Years ago I saw you at the Palace of Fine Arts and was blown away. I never knew who you were and did not approach as I watched you watch folks try to figure it out. But being a rock lover, I knew I had to try. I bought a house and started converting my bare front yard and overgrown back yard into a collaboration of rock balancing and perennial gardens as I taught myself to feel the core of each rock and asked which of them wanted to come up off the ground and feel the weight of air around them. My neighbors think it fascinating or odd.

I have since used rock balancing in my work as a teaching artist. Over the course of two summers of working in a day camp running an expressive arts component of the daily activities, I have since taught nearly 1500 young people between the ages of 5 and 21 the joy of pushing the balance to the heights of impossible in order to overcome it. They understand the impermanence as well. It may only be for a few moments and when the chime of tumpling rock fills the air, it is only an invitation to find the balance again.

And today, after citing my inspiration yet never knowing who he was or what his name was, I received a link to Bill's website and the mystery was over. Bill...thank you for my ability to find this artform for myself. As a poet, I have known the balance of words, but to have the ability to move space through rock balancing has been a blessing, a meditation, and a salvation. Now that the snows of the northeast are melting and the rocks are ready to wake from their naps, I will have many hours finding the impossible relationships and giving them potential.

Georgia A. Popoff
Community Poet
Syracuse, NY

Bill said...

Georgia, Greeting from San Francisco. Glad that finally You can find our site on the net. I am lucky enough to have a friend that understand the Art and put together a nice web site - so We are going to invite You to add up some of Your work [pictures] and the Poem as well on the site.
You can email me at [ bebalance@hotmail.com ]

Anonymous said...

Bill, You should see some of those nasty comments from {I presume some fat Boys that all they do just starred at the Computer screen] - It is all on those blogs.
Look at Google and Type "Bill Dan Balancing Rocks". I hope those coward boys [ telling You are stupid homeless artist, hippies,etc] will be Man enough to talk to You here - directly.

Anonymous said...

Bill Dan, I am one of those sceptics and I am admitting right now that I was totally WRONG - after I see Your work from My Brother's Video which He took last week while You were performing the ART in Sausalito. AMAZIIIIIIIng . . . My Man. And folks . . If You can only see that Thing . . on top of that Bill showed some of His work on the Photo Album that will blow Your mind.
Rock On Bill,
Michael Steward, New York.

Anonymous said...

Bill Dan, is that You on the movie "Demon Within" Balancing Rocks on one of the scene ? Pretty cool Man.
Sylvia.

Bill said...

Yes and yes that was Me. Thank's Guys for all the Nice Words. If You have time, come over see Me Balancing Rocks in Sausalito [ on weekends - weather permitting ].

Anonymous said...

Saw you in Sausalito last weekend. Pretty amazing stuff. Will head over to your website. Be interesting if somewhere you explain your method for pulling off these cool works of art.

Saratoga, CA.

lisa said...

hi bill!

(new)

I just saw your site and the amazing things you are doin with those rocks!

Are you still rockin' out in sf?

If so, when and where at-

Lisa:)

Zach Pine said...

Bill (and other rock-stackers)-
Here's an invitation to join this event:

Artist Gathering to Celebrate and Honor the Earth (p.s. Everyone is an Artist)
RSVP (suggested but not required) to Zach Pine, zpine@aol.com
April 23, 2005
Come celebrate Earth Day by joining professional artists, community members and passers by in an art in nature event on the edge of the Pacific. Using sand, rocks, and found objects off the beach, we will have fun collaboratively creating a vast, temporary site-specific sculpture. The very end of the day will be reserved for working in silence and listening to the sounds of nature and our work. Images of the completed work will be posted on greenmuseum.org. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring a picnic! Rain, fog, or shine, the gathering will take place.
Location: South end of Stinson Beach, CA, US

Hope you and some of your fans can participate!
-Zach Pine
www.naturesculpture.com

Bill said...

Greetings - To Lisa and anybody else, You can see Me Balancing rocks in Sausalito down town [weekends mid day on - weather permitting], and sometimes in San Francisco Aquatic park [week days - low tide].

To Zack, Unfortunately I have do something else - I am surveying a site for the up coming event in Sausalito - City of Sausalito Garden Walk.
Have fun Zack and all the Guys - Rock On.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
First, Great concept, I am so impressed.
I thought I had challenged patience being in a long distance releationship for two years now, but this!..wow, the patience right? or the skills?

Anyway,
I am setting up a new site, which is called changebalance for my company Balance, ...I found your site on searching for inspiration on balance,
I wanted to use a part of a picture, and was wondering if this is ok?
My email is daniel@devetu.com, or daniel@netwood.net

Best Regards,
Daniel Larsson

Balance.
Amsterdam

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill I saw Your Pictures on Stuff Magazine - June edition, tha't lead Me to Your web site on [ www.rock-on-rock-on.com ].

Bernie.

naleta said...

Your site www.rock-on-rockon.com was featured as a Langalist HotSpot, and I think the pictures are terrific! Just looking at them makes me want to try my hand at rock balancing. If I ever have any success, I'll send a picture. *crosses fingers*

Anonymous said...

All right I saw that on [ langa.com ] - the Hotest spot today.
Amazing work Bill Dan - keep it up.

Jurgen - Hamburg, Germany.

Anonymous said...

Bill Dan, I am German living in Indonesia, I saw Your work on Channel 2 TV - It is amazing what You do, it is even more amazing when I got a hold on Your web site [ www.rock-on-rock-on.com ].
Also I heard from a friend in Japan that You won the best show on Fuji TV earlier this year.
Congratulation - Rock On

esclava said...

You rock, Bill and so does your art.

Jay-U said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I saw you at Chrissy field a year or two ago and didn't talk to you. Infact, I thought you were sort of strange, but yesterday, I was out there and my son was looking for you. You weren't there so we started our own little rock formation. It was such a pleasant, almost zen-like experience to stack rocks that I'm looking forward to doing it again. Thanks for the inspiration!

yo said...

hey cool stuff

Anonymous said...

A neat rock balancing film:
http://www.senseistudios.com/video/bp.html

Anonymous said...

Hello!
We saw u last weekend and we want to say your work is very talented!!!
Congratulations!!!

alex said...

i liked that movie very much.

Anonymous said...

Bill my name is John Scott Kielar and one of my watercolors is posted on your site through a great friend Joe Hill of North Carolina.I would like to provide a link to more of my works if you might be so kind...contact me anytime thanks John Scott Kielar

Bill said...

OK Guys, Thank's for the nice comments. If You have any pictures or any images that related to Balancing Rocks-Stones, You can also posted here on the blog.
To John Scott Kielar - You are welcome with the links and pictures of Your work.

Anonymous said...

We were in Sausalito and wondered what everyone was looking at across the street...and we were utterly amazed. We could barely believe our eyes but then Bill offered to take one of his sculptures apart and redo it for us. Amazing. Go and see it for yourself!!
Linda and Karen

Krethiplethi said...

i like your work a lot, it's different from mine.
But like you wrote on your site: there is no wrong way to balance

world capital of building with stones would be switzerland, you linked just one. Maybe about the material? Or maybe there are lot of magic places?

watch out: steintürme


would you link it on your side?

Bill said...

Hi There, Of course We'll link You Up on Our site.
Keep on Balancing,
Regard from San Francisco,
Bill Dan

kaleuga said...

Hi bill,
Got linked to your site by a friend. Thought i would say hello. Amaxing work you do, ill have a go next time i get a few rocks together. Great to see all the people you have influenced as well. Keep up the great work!

Kane from Australia

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe my eyes, but it was incredibly true. Bill balances rocks and creates a dynamic energy unlike any I have ever seen before. My sister and I came across Bill along the shore near the Presidio in San Francisco. I didn't realize he had been the person who balanced the rock formations I saw until he then took the formations down. Energy, faith, incredible skill. It was a purifying experience just to see the formations.
Rock-on!
Donna Mason from Canada

Meongtae said...

Bill,
We just viewed your rock style on Korean TV. Amazing that you can "WOW, AHHH and NO WAY" them around the planet.
We try to get home once a year, and we will be stopping to wish you well. Its great to see someone that is so in touch.
Robert, Jueng Hee and Lynn Hee
Yongin, South Korea

Anonymous said...

Superb Rocks Performance on Korean TV,s Network - Congratulation

Anonymous said...

Bill Dan, With a group of Students We watched Your amazing Balancing Art on SBS TV Network in South Korea - UNBELIEVEBLE . . . .
Greeting from all of Us - We are going to have fun Trying the Art as well,

Jim Kim

Anonymous said...

Greeting From India, A Friend suggested Me to look up Your web site - It is Out of the World - no wonder it is the Highest Popularity in Yahoo India,
Keep it Up,

Binendra

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Anonymous said...

Bill, you inspire me. I'm a confessed conpulsive stacker. If I don't have rocks I'll stack anything that comes to hand. My personal best was 34 plastic baby dinosaurs with my left hand only on the Victoria Clipper ride to Victoria, Canada. But rocks have always been my muse. My Native friends find me amusing. It's OK though because they beleive me when I claim that I "hear" the rocks calling me out to play. I'm so glad there are others out there who can and will move the world in such simple and inspiring ways. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

WOW! my first impression upon walking down the beach and seeing 5 piles of rocks stacked upon eachother was "what is that?!?"

Before I could contemplate whether it was real or not, I saw this man stand up and pick up a huge rock. He hefted the rock up upon another small rock and then spent several minutes twisting, turning, tilting, and tweaking the rock until suddenly he let go...

The fact that it was balancing was not what impressed me... it was the fact that you hit it several times with your finger and it did not fall... now THAT was IMPRESSIVE!!! I watched you build two more rock-on-rock piles.

At home, after a considerable amount of time, I was able to balance a half eaten (but solid) bagel upon a donut. HAHA!

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Loved the Balancing Point video, it inspired me to make the effort to visit some naturally balancing rocks we have here in Australia, at Cathedral Rocks National Park.

Anonymous said...

I am a rock balancer/stacker and have bee looking for some time for some history on those egg shaped cones that Andy Goldsworthy makes. I once read an article that said similar forms were made by tribe somewhere sometime... If anyone has any info please email me at Livingrocks1@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I think the best way is to ask the Man himself through his web site - go to google

Bill said...

Hi Everybody, For the past few months I've been realy busy with the Art - Balancing Rocks here and there, teaching kids of any ages, trying to put things in perspective - as to relate the Art, the work and process on all Points and angle. If anybody has any questions or needs some info, please let Me know

dakellymon said...

Hey Bill, I would like to introduce you and others to the Beautifully elegent stacks done by a German master stacker. His work can be found on "Flickr" photo sharing site under the name of "hickoree23". His stacks are a treat to behold.