The earthwork portion needed to firmly support the sculpture but allow for some settling of the stone. A mound and ramp of #4 fill dirt, normally used as a foundation for roads, was placed first for stability. Using excavation equipment, 3” gravel was poured over and shaped to the desired
form. In consideration of high winds and potential vandalism the work, needed to be secured. A rod, anchored in cement three feet below the surface of the top of the mound, extended out of the pile and threaded through a hole in the bottom of the sculpture. It was then secured with a nut from inside. This allowed for the constructed part of the sculpture to settle on a vertical axis, along with the rocks over time, without a gap resulting between the surface of the pile and bottom of the sculpture. The decision to create a ramp form for the foundation allowed patrons to approach and engage with the sculpture and provided ease of access to the constructed electrical component of the sculpture if needed. Electrical cords, running to the power source, were concealed below the surface of the gravel for a cleaner aesthetic and to avert potential tripping hazards.