Boulder rock balancer not breaking the law after all

May 29, 2015

Boulder Artist Michael Grab found himself between a rock and a hard place when a Boulder police officer told him that he couldn't balance stones in the Boulder Creek, citing codes against rolling rocks and destroying public property.

City Attorney Tom Carr told the Boulder Weekly that the code actually doesn't apply to stacking rocks. But he said that the officer was concerned about moving rocks around during high waters. And after reviewing the codes, it did seem that Grab could be cited. 

Grab, who has practiced his rock-building art for seven years, took his objections to Facebook and asked the public to join him. The paper says Grab's post provoked a wide-response: 

“We started getting calls from all over the world including one from Hong Kong, so I sat down and read the code,” [Attorney Tom] Carr says, “And it doesn’t seem to apply to stacking rocks.”

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