U.K.-based sculptor Peter Brooke-Ball takes a variety of stones – from colorful, red serpentine, to white limestone, to marble of various shades – and wraps them with ropes. Some of the ropes are smooth and colorful, while others are plain and rough. The artist also pairs the sculptures with bases of wood, metal, or other stone.
By binding the rocks with ropes and emphasizing their smooth, rounded surfaces, the artist gives them a sense of being organic, as if they have the possibility of moving and breaking free (rather than being the static, inorganic objects they actually are). The pieces appear simple and natural, although care has obviously been taking in selecting the contrasting materials and shaping them to create the desired effect.