An interesting phenomenon has been noticeable to drivers leaving Ocean Beach northbound on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard over the past week. First, a pile of precariously balanced rocks appeared, followed by another and another, gradually taking the form of a winding serpentine sculpture.
A man named Ron, who described himself as a “starving artist, but not homeless” (despite displaying a sign to the contrary), was tending to his creation and soliciting donations of both cash and more rocks to continue his project.
Ron says he’s been in Ocean Beach for over 20 years and has created several other stone-stacking works of art, both locally and in other states.
“Balance, mostly,” he says when asked about the purpose of his endeavors, speaking on more level than one. “I’ve been doing this since I was a kid . . . rather than get frustrated or angry, I’ll go stack stones.”
Previously entitled Getting Stoned Again, Ron has changed the name of his work to This Rocks! in order “not to give the wrong impression” (though his T-shirt displays a hand-drawn marijuana leaf on the left shoulder).
Ron says he’d like to continue his project and have it extend all the way into Ocean Beach, where Sunset Cliffs meets West Point Loma Boulevard.