Uliks Gryka, the artist who has been building a series of stone sculptures along the edge of the Hudson River since last year, said he was stopping his project earlier this month.
Gryka, who was born in Albania but immigrated to the U.S. about a decade ago when he was in his mid-20’s, has been balancing large stones on top of each other, creating sculptures that almost resemble human figures in clusters along the river. He started the project on August 6, 2017, according to radio station PRI.
The work was first noticed by West Side Rag readers, who sent in photos last August. Gryka eventually got national and even international attention for the work. His work was dubbed the “Sisyphus Stones,” because it was often knocked down or disassembled by other people, forcing Gryka to reassemble the stones.
PRI says that Gryka planned to stop after August 6, the one year anniversary.
But in the end, Gryka decided to end the project on its one-year anniversary. At first he said he’d level it himself — to leave the place as he’d found it. But as the date neared, he said, “I’ve spoken to many people about the idea, and many people are like ‘You don’t have to do that. Like you literally don’t do it. Because you are going to, that is going to be very violent.’”
So, he decided he’d simply walk away and let nature take its course.
A filmmaker named Boris Berlin is now planning to make a documentary about Gryka, and put the short film below on YouTube.