Balancing Act

Coming Jun 23, 2018 - Mar 17, 2019

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Though the photographs in "Balancing Act" appear to defy gravity, they are indeed the product of concentration and a little bit of luck.  With the backdrop of the Lake Superior shoreline, Peter Juhl manages to create temporary sculptures of stacked stones and capture them through photography.


"Drawing on elements of performance art, sculpture, and meditation, I balance natural stones found on location, using only shape, weight, and friction to create a unique composition. No glue, metal rods, magnets, or any artificial supports are employed: The rocks are held up by nothing more than high-school physics and a little karma. The sculptures may last a few minutes, or a few hours. With luck, they stand long enough to be photographed." Peter Juhl,

Want to learn more and try it yourself?  Join us for a stone balancing workshop on Saturday, June 23 at 2 pm (and then stay into the evening to celebrate Sankt Hans Aften).  Call the museum at 712-764-7001 to reserve your place: $10 for members/ $15 for non-members.  



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