Center of Gravity
Balanced Rock Photographs
July 22 - Now Extended to Oct. 31!
Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center 

"A good magic trick presents what we know to be a deception and makes us want to believe it's real. A good balanced rock sculpture does the opposite: We know it's real, but want to believe it's a trick."

Combining elements of performance art, sculpture, and meditation, rock artist Peter Juhl arranges natural stones found on location, using only shape, weight, and friction to create a one-of-a-kind composition. No glue, magnets, or other artificial supports are used. The strength of the parts versus the fragility of the whole refreshes us with feelings of tension and quiet power. The sculptures may last a few minutes or a few hours; some of these works collapsed only seconds after the photograph was taken. 

Meet the artist: Peter Juhl will demonstrate the art of rock balancing in the sitting area outside the Restaurant Gallery from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3; Sunday, Sept. 18; Sunday, Oct. 9; and Saturday, Oct. 29.

See more of Peter Juhl's work at

All art is for sale through the Arboretum Gift Store and a portion of proceeds benefit the Arboretum.