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1/2/2014 6:01:00 AM
Photos: Willow Lake rock "decorations"
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If you've seen the rocks stacked along Willow Lake Road and wondered who was doing the stacking, wonder no more. It's the work of Ysidro Espinosa, 65, of Prescott Valley, who call his constructions "decorations." He spends his time choosing rocks that he feels will stack well and builds small, half-circle walls of them. He also created a life-size running horse with branches found in the same area around Willow Lake.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

a bc,
True, I did say that, and am okay with it.

The longer I ponder and visualize your idea of a copse of pink trees, the better it sounds. Zig E. is right -- it would be a kind of Christo-like project. I say we go for it!

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Article comment by: Native squatter

It's better than Bennet's illegal campaign sign trailer.

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Article comment by: Let It Remain Natural

Visiting our wild and open areas is always a pleasure. Nature is beautiful. Let's have respect for natural places. Leave them natural.

When someone decides to create "art" on such land, it is ugly, in my humble opinion. It is glaringly out of place.

Exceptions are the artifacts left on the land from old civilizations who at one time lived on the land. Or, the natural movement of rocks and debris by the animals living wild on the land.

I say, leave Mother Nature alone and leave us space to enjoy her beauty sans the "artistic genius" of the local population.

Give the artist a place in the city to pile rocks. Somebody who appreciates his art could donate the use of their land.

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Article comment by: Raoul Duke

Courier, you can improve this paper ten fold with one easy move. Get rid of the comments. Your just feeding these negative tools with an outlet They are not a reflection of this city, just trolls looking for a reaction since no one will give them the time of day in real life. PC tough guys who confuse cruel quips with being clever.

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Article comment by: a bc

@Coyote, You said to go ahead and call you an anarchist, so I thought I would.

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

Oh, dang! I've been demoted from "libertarian ideologue" to "anarchist". Or maybe it's a promotion. Depends on your perspective, I 'spect.

Kinda like the pink tree idea.

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: Zig E.

@ a bc - As soon as I read " paint the dead cottonwoods pink " I thought of Christo. So maybe there is a flaw in my reasoning after all. I guess I'll fall back on " For every rule there is an exception. The exception to that rule is that there are no exceptions ".

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: a bc

@Jack, et al, No one has yet answered my question about whether we should allow everybody to do whatever they want in our public parks ('cept Coyote, I know where he stands, the anarchist). Well? Let's say someone decides to paint all the dead cottonwoods around the lake pink next week? Mmmm, maybe the restroom building in Granite Park needs a mural depicting the struggles of migrant farm workers. How'd that be?
I don't think it's being small minded or whining to wonder if what this guy is doing is something we should promote for our parks.
Think I'll head over to Depot for a couple of gallons of pink paint...

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: Jack Jones

Good God ~ Somebody recheck the census ~ this town is getting "smaller" by the day. I've not seen/read any more whiners and complainers than I have here, and I've lived in lots of small towns. It's way past time for you to be able to hide your drivel behind phony names. It borders on the asinine the way this story has progressed. Get over yourselves.

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: Zig E.

If it was his property then all good. With it being public property then not so good. You know I seem to remember being admonished as a kid not to take things from public parks or the national forest because, as it was explained to me, if everyone did that then there would be little left for everyone else to enjoy. Made perfect sense to me even at a young age. Kind of surprised that others missed that little bit of upbringing.

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Apparently, there's a public art policy in the works. At least I hope it's for real. Then it won't be up to the social status of those who decide to complain vs those who want to keep the art on public property.

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: Critics and Experts

Geez, why is everyone a critic and expert in this and ALL matters.

So what that he is stacking rocks on a 'dry' lake bed.

Why would there be any more liability if someone got injured, as it is still 'nature' after all. I think kids getting hurt falls on the parents!

If you don't like it, go knock it down.

Better yet, why don't all of you just live and let live already and stop being both a critic and expert.

I noticed it the other day before this article and you know what, back in the 80's this town was kind of eclectic, like Jerome. But that has mostly disappeared via big city refugees.

Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Article comment by: a bc

@Angie, So this guy is a park ranger now?
Have you even visited the area in question? Ysidro has pulled rocks out of the ground to build his piles, leaving holes the size of cantaloupes everywhere that are more likely to trip someone up. Before he got there most of the rocks were more or less level with the surrounding soil. Plus his work is off the main trail, and the plants are trampled all around the piles. And I doubt seriously that he is keeping "wrongdoers" out of the park. Give me a break. He's made a mess with his artistic "vision" and he should clean it up.

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: Kurt Womack

Stacking random rocks is considered art now? Really?!?!? Is that because it's on public property? Just wondering, I have a bunch of spray paint cans needing to be expressed as "art".

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: Angie G

Isn't this better than spray paint Graffiti "art"?
Isn't this why many of us left the city?
Most of the parks and public spaces in Prescott are missing: homeless tents, old mattresses, refrigerators, broken beer bottles, and crack pipes as well as, youth gangs, punks, and drug dealers.

There's one man out there helping to clear the park area of rocks so a child doesn't trip on it or a bicyclist doesn't run into it. And, he spends a lot of time out there which discourages wrongdoers from hanging around.

This can be looked at a lot of ways. There's a whole lot more positives than negatives.

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: a bc

@I See Through You, I love art. In fact, I make my living as an artist, however, I also have respect for the few places set aside for the enjoyment of nature. Believe me, I understand the need to create art, and Mr. Ysidro has every right to explore his creative spirit, we all do. He just needs to find a better place to do it. Why is it so hard for the supporters of this guys efforts to understand that a city park is not the place? Trails and other park amenities aside, human made objects run counter to the idea of natural environments. This is not a question about hating what this guy is doing, hating art or freedom of expression. It's purely a question of practicality.
Again I ask - what if we just opened the flood gates and let anyone do whatever they want in the parks?
What would you say if someone starts painting pretty rainbow colors on the rocks around the lake in support of gay marriage? How about when someone decides to erect a large statue of Obama on one of the islands in the middle of the lake? That would be okay, right? Hey, it's art, so it's all good. Please explain to me why Mr. Ysidro's art might be considered acceptable and these might not be.
Do you understand the idea of a slippery slope?

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: The Rev

To my eye the hate people feel toward the city has spilt upon Ysidro's efforts. Not trolling, only observing.

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: I See Through You

Theres about 5 people in Prescott who are so bored and have nothing better to do with their time than to make lots of posts with different names that criticize others. I feel sorry for you.

Go to the woods and make art, love life, it's easy to do. Don't listen to these who criticize. They have never left their couch or done anything constructive and creative in their lives, thats why they don't understand it.

They are all jealous of art and artists because they have never taken the risks to find their own creative gifts. We all feel sorry for you.

Long live public art, freedom of expression and God Bless America!

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: Anthony Libery

YES! Long live the Libertarians!!! I hope they come into power soon!

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: Just Saying

If he has a right to do this on public land others have a right to knock it down.
Or would that force you to get off the couch?
Leave nature alone!

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: What's The Difference

between stacking rocks on public property and tagging?

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014
Article comment by: a bc

@Coyote, I'm not sure if you're a troll or libertarian ideologue. You're rant has a the perfect balance of crazy talk and insult.
By your way of thinking America would become a libertarian paradise awash in unfettered personal freedom, no restrictions or regulations, vanishingly small government of any kind. Think Somalia.
I'm through with you. You're my list of people to avoid.

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014
Article comment by: Instead of complaining

about a guy stacking rocks why don't you couch artists try standing on your head while stacking greased BB's.

Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Great, first hippies disfigure the school by Hastings and now this...start fining these "good" citizens and build up some revenue...

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

@ a bc,
What's the difference between an artist stacking rocks or carving up a cottonwood tree and a bunch of phony "nature-loving", designer-water guzzling, candied-oatmeal crunching trail freaks carving up and painting dots across the natural terrain, or the city practicing its mantra of "pave paradise and put up a (paid) parking lot"? (Apologies to Joni Mitchell.)

A: One seeks to create art and the other wants to control human behavior, making sure everybody fits properly into the prescribed round or square hole, whichever is the mode this season, follows the approved trail wearing the appropriate sneakers, for revenue if at all possible.

To answer your question: Yes, "let people do whatever they want in our parks". Including water skiing, SCUBA diving and campfire building. Let them be responsible for their own behavior. Or we can't call them "ours".

Go ahead: Call me an anarchist. I won't cry. I'll just call you a boring conformist, an obsequious sycophant to any handy authority, a "do whatever the teacher says" good little girl.

Oh, CRIPES! I didn't just type that, did I? I think it was the dog or, perhaps, the single malt.

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