The person behind the Chester Creek rock sculptures I wrote about Monday called me to reveal himself.
His name is Daniel VanPelt. He is 27 years old. He washes dishes at Hot Stixx restaurant.
He's been working on rock stacks in both Chester and Campbell Creeks for the last few weeks.
He just came back from South Carolina, where he has been for two years, helping his mother who has health problems. Before that, he was living in Alaska. He made a few rock sculptures, but nothing like he has going now.
He considers himself an artist, he said, though he has never studied art. His preferred medium is pen and paper. He has been drawing since he was a kid. One day several years ago, he started stacking rocks to look like cairns and he just got obsessed with it.
He tries to find rocks that fit together well but also look a little odd, he said. He challenges himself to build more and more precarious-looking piles.
He is doing the Chester Creek project alone. At Campbell Creek, some local teenagers are assisting him. When his piles fall or get disturbed, he rebuilds.
Mainly he enjoys the process of making the stacks, he said. Standing in the water relaxes him.
"It's very calming, it teaches you patience," he said.