The Art Of Rock Balancing

Michael Grab is an artist that has been 'rock balancing' since 2008. Much of his recent work has been done around the Boulder, Colorado area. Grab---yes, that's his real name---finds the process both spiritual and therapeutic.

Grab explains:

"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 to 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."

I was skeptical when first viewing these. But, I've seen the work of other 'balancing' artists, including outdoor installations by Andy Goldsworthy, subject of the 2001 documentary film, Rivers and Tides. As hard as it is to believe these examples photographed below are configured without support other than the rocks themselves, this is the case.



0 #7 Lee 2013-04-15 08:34
Love! And how interesting the comments are. Rock balancing may have been inspired by the Inuit Inukshuks, pre-dating beach balancing by a few years. And to assume that the practice of art is indicative of wealth is particularly fascinating. Most assume the opposite.
0 #6 Nadene 2013-04-11 06:49
:-) These are absolutly breath taking! It shows the beauty available in nature if we just look around. Creation is beauty in it's self.
0 #5 Bill Van Mechelen 2013-03-16 06:35
Guess what.About 28 years back I did that very thing on the beach at a place called Berch Bay in Washington State not far from the border of Canada.I saw in the paper that people saw what I had done and it ended up being copyed all aver that beach.So I started it back then!!!
+4 #4 Laurene 2013-02-21 10:28
How many hours a day do you spend rock balancing? Do they ever fall apart? It is amazing the figures you come up with by rock balancing!! I've never heard of such a venture.
0 #3 Dannyo23 2013-02-14 17:58
Wow is right and this is amazing and beaitiful! But............ .I wondered how nice it'd be to have the money these people obviously have to spend this much time doing this........... one can dream!
0 #2 nancy 2013-02-14 08:51
What a lift!
+1 #1 Margo 2013-02-12 09:31

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