Step right up, kids. Not too close though, you don’t want to scare the rock people away. We know that you look at those precariously balanced piles of rocks on the beach or—in this case—in the Humber River and think to yourselves that there must be more to this than simply resting one rock on top of another. Surely there are screws, rods, glues, or props of some description used in the construction of these fanciful towers.
Your best chance to view the action yourself and verify with your own unbelieving eyes that absolutely no trickery is used by rock balancing artists is coming up on Sunday July 8. Weather permitting, balancer Peter Riedel will be back in the Humber River on Sunday afternoon, near where we first caught him two weeks ago. Sit down, watch him work for a few minutes, and forget your worries.
The best way to get there on Sunday is to enter Étienne Brûlé Park off Catherine Street just east of the Old Mill Bridge between Old Mill Road and Old Mill Drive and behind, naturally, the Old Mill. Ride or walk a few minutes north to the second waterfall where you should find Peter crouched in the water, pulling up river rocks and arranging them in the unlikeliest of towers. If you’re especially lucky, Bingo the flamingo may show up for a photo or two.
Photo by Peter Riedel.