Annals of Found Art: “To See that Pebbles are Miraculous” (Josef Albers)

Several art installations appeared in the park across the way, including one gorgeous kinetic one made of ice and stone. I wish I had imagined them myself.

My favorite is the half-moon hunk of boulder, above, that has been imperceptibly moving toward the edge it rests upon for years. Is the water running under it meant to evoke a quiet river or perhaps tears?

This monolith seems to patiently wait, or perhaps, just be. How did its face get so dark?

Sally Schneider

This stone monument is draped in icicles. How did they rig the kinetic display of water running beneath the ice?


What is most remarkable, in a remarkably ordinary way, is that these gorgeous powerful works were made by no one. They are a product of a million factors and influences, and are constantly being made and disassembled, everywhere in the world, every moment…

A poem/fragment from artist Josef Albers comes to mind:

Easy — to know

that diamonds — are precious

good — to learn that rubies — have depth

but more — to see

that pebbles — are miraculous.


2 Responses to Annals of Found Art: “To See that Pebbles are Miraculous” (Josef Albers)

  1. Louisa 02.15.2019 at 12:53pm #

    Thanks. Made me think of the icicle sculptures Andy Goldsworthy made in “Of Rivers and Tides.”

  2. Sally Schneider 02.25.2019 at 8:28pm #

    Yeah, they made me think of Andy Goldsworthy too, only…no need for an artist intervening. (;

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