Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Oddly Enough

Rock balancing is both art and advocacy for Filipino environmentalists

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 - 01:33

Sept. 8 - Two Filipino environmentalists demonstrate the art of rock balancing to prove that all of nature can be balanced. They use the art to help bring awareness to environmental issues. Andrew Schmertz reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

There is no magic trick, glue, nor other adhesive to the art of rock balancing. With the right touch, two Philippine environmentalists demonstrate how everything in nature has balance -- even hard, oddly-shaped, and unyielding rocks. Rock balancer, Leandro Inocencio, explains: SOUNDBITE: Rock Balancer, Leandro Inocencio (Filipino): "Rocks can stand by themselves. You only have to pile them up and each rock finds its center of gravity. You will see a point where the wobbling stops, where the rocks can stand on their own." The two nature lovers hope to raise awareness of environmental issues by sharing the beauty of a delicate task that is part sculpture and part performance art. They demonstrate this art in a town east of Manilla, with a picturesque view, and invite tourists and students to give it a try. Some of their rock totems reach five feet - or one and a half meters - high. SOUNDBITE: Rock Balancer, Leandro Inocencio (Filipino): "We may think that rocks have no other uses, but give it some appreciation, give it time. We can balance the rocks, ourselves, and even nature." The rock balancing group was formed in 2009, after massive flooding from a typhoon ravaged the town and killed many villagers. The idea was to resuscitate their surroundings and deliver the overall message that even when you think things can't be balanced, they can. And that goes beyond rocks. Andrew Schmertz, Reuters.

Rock balancing is both art and advocacy for Filipino environmentalists

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 - 01:33

Top News »

The Exchange »

Moving Pictures »