Rock Sculptures

If rock wasn’t the first medium of sculpture, what was? Today’s artists are bringing this traditional art back.

stone sculpture
Nga Uri o Hinetuparimaunga 2005.
Hamilton Gardens Entrance, New Zealand.
Five huge columns are covered with a rock blanket or Kakahu, a protective woven pebble cloak. 12,000 quartz pebbles from Southland and 1000 greywacke pebbles from Kaiaua form the Kakahu which is titled, ‘Te Kahu o Papatuanuku’. By Chris Booth.

rock sculpture
Cave, entranceway to the Kati Kuri marae at Kaikoura, New Zealand, comprises 5000 white limestone pebbles, collected with community assistance from the coast and woven into a helix. Built around a wooden form, the ‘skin’ of pebbles is attached to the stone arcs at each end. By Chris Booth.

rock sculpture
‘Echo van de Veluwe’ Netherlands, made of 310 erratic boulders and in total weighs 32 tons. By Chris Booth.

dry stone wall
Riverstone Fold at Deadman Gill by Andy Goldsworthy.

stone sculpture wall
Rock Landscape by Lew French.

stone sculpture
Rhythms of Life
2001, Arava Desert, Israel, 29m x 24m.
By Andrew Rogers.

sculpture of stone
Lions Paw, 2010,
Chyulu Hills, Kenya.
40m x 40m x 2m (131′ × 131′ × 6.6′)
By Andrew Rogers,

sculpture of rocks
Spiral of a million stones, no more no less, on the Snake River Bottom, Wilson Wyoming, built for the Center for Wonder with volunteers from the community. Jackson Hole, WY 2009 by Thea Alvin.

rock sculpture
After Andy Goldsworthy.

rock sculpture
Horse Head by Duncan Elliott.

rock sculpture
By Duncan Elliott

rock sculpture
Rock Sculpture by Duncan Elliott.

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Found Rock Sculpture by Duncan Elliott.

rock sculpture
Horse by Duncan Elliott

rock sculpture
Last Summer stone sculpture
by Ito Hirotoshi, Japan. Okay, a bit of carving…

rock sculpture
Let’s Wrap the Atomic Bomb
by Ito Hirotoshi, Japan.

rock sculpture
‘Virgin of Rocks’ by Manuel Garcia Calderon
Rocks assembled on an iron structure, 87 x 114 x 54 cm.

rock sculpture
Rock Guard Dog.
By Michael Eckerman.

rock sculpture
Slate sculpture of R.J. Mitchell took over 2000 hours. The drawing board can actually tilt. By Stephen Kettle.

rock sculpture
Slate sculpture of Alan Turing by Stephen Kettle,

rock sculpture
Close-up, Tom Stogden.

rock sculpture
Two circles, slate in a steel frame by Tom Stogden.

rock sculpture
Divided Metropolis by Tom Stogden, slate and metal.

sculpture of stone
Slate circle by Tom Stogden.
Chelsea Flower Show, 2011.

rock sculpture
Sentinel in Southern France by Andy Goldsworthy.

rock sculpture
Stone Ball
by Stephen Kettle,

Rock Sculpture
Stone cairns, no mortar, no glue.
By Thea Alvin,

Traditional Cairn Sculptures

A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn) yet cairns can be found all over the world. Cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes.

rock sculpture
River stone miniature houses
by Michael Stephens, North Carolina. He gives lessons…

rock sculpture
River stone miniature house
by Michael Stephens, North Carolina. No glue.

rock sculpture
Lew French stone and driftwood sculpture.

stone truck
Stone Truck, Vermont, funded through Kickstarter.
By Chris Miller.

stone furniture
Stone VW built in 1976 by a Cornell art class in Ithaca, NY.

rock sculpture
Ledbury Tree by Micheal Eckerman.

rock sculpture
Andy Goldsworthy.

rock sculptured
Pebble Face
Artist unknown, via:

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Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.


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  1. I was happy to see Andy Goldsworthy represented here. And now I’ve fallen in love with Duncan Elliott’s work, too!

  2. Stone cairns, no mortar, no glue.

    Artist unknown, via:


    My name is Thea Alvin and I built the cairns on your website which are titled as unknown artist. you can see other, perhaps more mature balance works of mine on my website at if you click through to the flickr pages you’ll see many variations of this particular cairn, as it was on a public corner and 10 times was rebuilt, because people kept tipping it over.

    Thank you kindly for crediting me for time work.

    All the best, thea

  3. You know I gave up carving stone because of carpel tunnel syndrome. But I just didn’t think of just gluing rocks together. Now I have a great collection of rocks as I love them dearly so now I am inspired to make a sculpture in a new way. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. I loved all the creativity in the rock sculptures and designs within the rock arts
    Maybe someone could do one that glows under uv light

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