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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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Nice, France

Zak Erving

My tribute to Andy Goldsworthy

Steph and I napped on the shores of Nice for a while, but I couldn’t sleep, and I didn’t want to wake her. Inspired by the Andy Goldsworthy documentary we had just watched, I began building tiny towers out of the round stones and driftwood littering the beach.

They started out as miniature monoliths, little experiments to see how high I could stack before they came crashing down. Eventually I started incorporating elemental shapes like spirals and stars, using the driftwood as shims to keep the stones balanced and upright.

Other travelers came to visit my miniature construction site: first an Englishman, then a French couple (“Je ne parle pas français!”), and finally a German matriarch with her three sons who eyed me curiously from a distance at first, but after a few minutes began supplying me with the choicest construction materials from her part of the beach. I thanked her with grand gestures—I guess that’s what you do when you don’t speak enough of the language—and set about new towers.

The woman watched my progress like a mother hen, clapping and smiling with delight, and gasping in despair when a tower collapsed. Steph woke up and wanted to take pictures, first of me as I was building, and then one of herself sitting next to a completed tower.

Before we left, we stopped by the German mother with her boys. And again, I offered my thanks.