Articles written about Devine Escapes

gardening book about stone

New book, the Spirit of Stone by Jan Johnsen features an example of my work. I am honored by the fact that my work earned a full page, large photo plus text. Thanks, Jan! The book is Great. Filled with inspiration for how to use stone in a garden setting. I’ll be sure to write a full review and post it to my blog within the next few weeks.


Stacked Stone Garden Sphere is a Splash of Color By Anne Balogh

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A ball of living energy, made from multiple colors of stone swirling about,” is how Devin Devine describes his latest garden art creation, a large 4-foot sphere made of fragments of stone arranged in a circular eddy of waves. His company, Devine Escapes in Effort, Pa., specializes in using natural stone to design unique and inspiring outdoor landscapes. Artistic projects such as this one make up about half of his

work, with the rest of his time devoted to building flagstone patios, walls, and other types of hardscaping.

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Effort artist takes possession of block of marble linked to 1962 Stroudsburg murders By Andrew Scott


It’s a mute piece of history, standing about 16 inches tall, nine inches wide, nine inches thick and weighing about 100 pounds.stone sculpture

If this block of marble stone could talk, it might tell a listener about how it came into existence. It might tell about the sculptor who owned it more than 60 years ago, how neighbors considered him odd and whether he truly was the one who murdered his wife and daughter and set their Stroudsburg home on fire before vanishing, reportedly being heard from only once afterward and never to be seen again.

Artist Devin Devine of Effort is honored to be its current owner.

“Every piece of stone has a story,” said Devine, 38.

Fronting on a dirt road secluded in the woods, his yard is occupied by the stacked-stone vases, urns and other works he has created, along with collections of stones waiting to be stacked into new works of art.

….Continue reading at the Pocono Record


And another….

Amazing Dry Stone Garden Spheres by Devin Devine

And one from Germany:

Deze bollen van natuursteen zijn gemaakt zonder cement


They even called me a “Stenen Poeet”–with umlauts. Thank you so much for the umlauts Germany!

Okay, I’ll let google translate this one:

After working 10 years as a bricklayer and tuinaanlegger American Devin Devine began his own company in 2007. He hoped that if he could share in his own time that he would have more time for making art. Instead, he made art his work. He began to study the prehistoric method of dry stacking stone, where structures are built without cement in calculating way to lay the stones so that they are balanced by their own weight. He can even make huge spheres with beautiful wavy patterns without it falling apart.

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Devine began his experiments because he wanted to create inspiring gardens that radiated harmony with nature. He also has almost all the stones from the local area. His spherical display images with wavy pattern and stones in various shades a sense of calm and fit beautifully into their natural environment.
Devine also has a fitting name for his profession: his first name is actually Peter, which means ‘stone’ means and his middle name and surname, and Devin Devine, both mean ‘poet’. So he makes poetry of stones.
Bulbs and benches.
Making the dumplings, according to Devine a nice challenge. Especially halfway there spoke of collapse and it is therefore important to get just right the flow. There is therefore quite a few calculations beforehand to his work. Besides these beautiful bulbs there are other garden projects in which he makes use of dry stacking, such as benches, patios, walls and vases.
Funny things happen when you use online translation software. We can assume “dumpling” is supposed to refer to my spheres.
Here’s one in Italian:
Here, let’s let google translate that for us:

The incredible stone spheres made with fragments of Devin Devine

Creates balls of stone fragments that take form concrete without using it, nor any type of glue.

With bare hands, the artist and stone mason who lives in Pennsylvania Effort fits dry between them sized stones, forms and colors, creating a spherical structure that is maintained in equilibrium due to its weight stresso.

Devine said that the greatest risk of collapse of the sphere and in the work place is the biggest challenge Consists in being able to manage the moves of piled stones

 Oy, that was painful. I mean thanks, google, but next time I’m hiring a human translator.