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Rock Stacking
updated: Jul 08, 2011, 6:45 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

This week's Funky Friday is not just a little bizarre, but a bit of a mystery as well. If you spend anytime on the promenade near the pier, you've probably seen a few examples of rock stacking here and there, but we found this massive display at Surfer's Point where the beach restoration project has just been completed behind the fairgrounds. Does anyone know who is the creator of this "Taj Mahal of rock stacking"?

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 COMMENT 190788 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-08 11:47 AM

I am the creator of this unique rock stacking installation and wanted to share its origin. I am a Landscape Architect for RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo. We designed the precedent setting Surfers Point Managed Shoreline Retreat Project which is is now open to the public.

Over ten years in planning, and the dedication and cooperation of state agencies, city of Ventura, and local interest groups have culminated in this project as you see it. The "COBBLE GARDEN" was inspired by various impromptu stone and driftwood structures built along our coast by beachgoers. The beach retreat project used over 40,000 yards of natural river cobble (sourced from the Santa Clara River) to construct a flexible, natural, shoreline to endure the ongoing shoreline changes this area has and will continue to experience. This cobble was then covered with sand, the stacked stones you see are but a fraction of the stones used on the project. The ever-changing nature of these stacked stone sculptures is representative of our coastline.

The installation invites visitors to the area to build their own natural sculptures from the very elements that protect this beautiful coastline. This is participatory community art that is a gift to the people of Ventura county and all who visit this beautiful coast. Come, see, stack some stones, enjoy.


 COMMENT 190829 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-08 01:54 PM

Thanks for this educational story behind the "Cobble Garden" and more importantly, a big thank you to you and RRM Design Group for this great contribution to our town. It's a great example of what makes Ventura and her coastal neighbors so cool and unique! You rock! ;)


 COMMENT 190958P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-09 05:57 AM

My wife and I rode by on our bikes this week and she stopped to add a cairn of rocks to the sculpture. The California Conservation crew were still in the process of bringing up more rocks from the beach. It's a happy moment in every passerby day...thanks.


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