Tucson Oddity: Giant stone orbs attract attention on Fort Lowell

2011-02-14T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T08:25:08Z Tucson Oddity: Giant stone orbs attract attention on Fort LowellAlex Dalenberg Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 14, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Motorists driving along East Fort Lowell Road from North Alvernon Way will find their manhood called into question.

A sprawling banner hangs between two massive stones outside Cantera Carved Stone, 3751 E. Fort Lowell Road, with the not-so-subtle phrase: "GOT BALLS."

Brent Jones, a drafter and architectural designer at the stonework company, said he and his business partner of more than 10 years, builder Monty Bartholomew, weren't expecting a serious answer when they placed the stone spheres outside their business.

Bartholomew's idea was to attract curious passers-by.

The two carved orbs are cut from cantera stone imported from central Mexico. The big one is more than 6 feet in diameter and weighs about 16,000 pounds. The not-so-big one is 4 feet tall and weighs in at 8,000 pounds, Jones said.

The company specializes in cantera stonework, which is hand-carved in Mexico from Jones's custom designs and installed locally by Bartholomew. The company does a bit of everything, large and small, from installing grand stone fireplaces and columns to basic garden sculptures.

Contact reporter Alex Dalenberg at adalenberg@azstarnet.com or 807-8429.

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