A child piling pebbles on top of each other is playing (while incidentally learning about balance and gravity).  A well known artist balancing carefully selected pebbles in an improbable tower is creating a work of land art.  And as for all the other people who while away an idle hour by the sea choosing, sorting and balancing these tempting pieces of sea worn rock…?



On a sunny Saturday in May this part of the east coast of Holy Island seemed little visited, but the dozens of pebble towers (small or large, simple or complex) represent many hours of peaceful play or artistic endeavour.  Who, when and why?  Who knows?

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