The art of balance

You may have seen these if you’ve been to Vancouver. They pop up on beaches at random, some large and imposing, some tiny, just a few pebbles stacked neatly on top of each other. I’ve never seen anyone destroy them deliberately. They last until the wind or high tide claim them.

There was a whole gallery along the English Bay beach today.

Author: Izabella Laba

Mathematics professor at UBC. My opinions are, obviously, my own.

3 thoughts on “The art of balance”

  1. Beautiful photographs. But it’s not just on Vancouver beaches that you’ll find cairns, they’re kind of an ancient art form that is found all over the world. I just came across a very impressive one in a little park near where I live in N. California.

  2. Thanks! You wouldn’t have a picture of it, would you?

    I’m not sure that I’ve seen them elsewhere – but then, maybe they’re just not as common. Vancouver has more publicly accessible waterfront than just about any other city I know of, and most of it consists of stony beaches. That makes for plenty of opportunities for anyone who wants to try.

  3. I love these photos, i remember when we had the Olympics and they had mini Inukshuk’s along false creek. It was a little weird at night, but come daylight it was pretty neat šŸ™‚

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