A Chico man's rock creations keep being destroyed and rebuilt, again and again

For five years a Chico man has built rock sculptures, only to have them torn down again. But the 78-year-old doesn't let that stop him.

Posted: Feb 28, 2021 7:49 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2021 8:03 PM

CHICO, Calif. - One Chico man has been creating rock art for over five years in one particular spot. Someone has been knocking down the structures, over and over again. He says it is frustrating but tells Action News Now reporter Amy Lanski that he won't let it stop him from sharing his rock-balancing art.

The location of the rock sculptures is near Floral Ave and East Lassen. After five years of building and rebuilding, Paul Huston says he is not angry anymore but is just disappointed. 

"I think, Oh, that is really nice. Then the next day it is on the ground," Huston explained, saying it can be frustrating.

Huston has been balancing rocks for 30 years. "It is just my hobby," he explained.

"I love doing it. I love the balancing aspect of it. Everything can be balanced," he explained.

Huston has changed his methods over the years. He said at first someone started taking the small rocks and tossed them all the way down towards the water. So, he said, he started using the heavier ones to make it more difficult.

"I had to go find them and bring them back up," he explained. Then, he said, the vandals brought some kind of sticky paint and poured it all over the rock sculptures.

"I didn't care," he said. "I kept putting them up with the paint," explaining that eventually the paint faded.

Neighbors and most trail walkers love the balanced rock sculptures. Neighbor Judy Boyett said she comes out to see the sculptures at least a couple of times a day with her dog.

"Paul always puts them up and they last maybe a day," she explained. "And then they are down and he comes back in the morning and puts them back up, like clockwork."

"Huston says he really just wants to know why someone is knocking down the rocks. But at 78, he never seems to tire of the rock-balancing challenge.

Huston hopes people get pleasure from his creations, even if he has to build them over and over and over again.

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