The Art of Rock Balancing by Michael Grab
It’s hard deciding whether Michael Grab is an artist or a magician because he creates stunning structure from finely balanced rocks that seem to defy the law of physics.
Since 2008, Michael Grab mastered the art of rock balancing and created some of the most breathtaking/unbelievable landscape nature artworks. Michael seemingly creates impossible structures that require intense concentration and meditative focus. He usually spends several minutes nearly frozen, making tiny adjustments until he gets all of the rocks’ centres of gravity just right. Some of his most recent work has been done around the Boulder, Colorado area. His art technique is to pile the rocks up in all sorts of gravity-defying formations, and believe it or not, there’s no glue involved.
On his site gravityglue.com, Michael states:
“The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of ‘tripod’ for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny with large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations, you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another.
Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
Here are some amazing images of rock balancing by this talented artist:
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