Paul’s Stone Sculpture Garden

Stone Sculpture Over the winter holidays, South Austin became a little less weird. When Paul sold his house along East Bouldin Creek, his front garden decorated with fantastic sculptures of stacked stone and wood disappeared. I used to take everyone who came to visit me to see Paul’s work. It was the highlight of the neighborhood tour.

I talked to him one day to tell him how much I admired his work and to ask him how the sculptures were held together. Glue? A metal rod? They weren’t. They were just carefully balanced. He laughed saying that people would walk by and touch one and the sculpture would tumble. The person would make off in a hurry. Small animals and weather also brought the stones down. Paul would just restack them into new sculptures. The garden was always changing.

Jill Nokes, an Austin landscape designer and author of How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest is writing a new book, Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home which is rumored to include photos of Paul’s sculptures. I hope it’s true.

I’ve posted a few of my own photos to Flickr.

2 Comments so far

  1. Annie In Austin (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 9:45 am

    Thank you for taking me on the neighborhood tour, MSS. It seemed like such a timeless place, but not so. The photos are wonderful – thank you for posting them. I hope Stone artist Paul has found a new place where he can delight and amaze those who live near him.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  2. Melissa Tyler (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    It was sad to see him go, but I’m thrilled to have seen his work. I’m particularly happy that you posted your pictures … you even got one of his pebble words!

    I posted a goodbye on my own blog, as well:

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