Balancing Act: Impossible Towers Created by Balancing Rocks in Inconceivable Ways
Everybody has their own means of relaxation and meditation. For artist Michael Grab, his inner balance comes from actual balance in the real world: his seemingly impossible towers of rocks. The structures he creates from balancing one rock after another after another are part of the photograph series, “Gravity Glue.”
On his website, Grab states:
Gravity is the only ‘glue’ that holds these structures in equilibrium. Gravity Glue exists to share my experience in the art of stone balance… All Gravity Glue images exhibit real rocks that I’ve balanced and photographed myself… The process resembles an intimate dance with the elements. Adapting to the moments, embracing creative intuition, focused breathing, silence, exploring and redefining ‘possible.’
Grab uses his rock tower construction as a means of meditation and therapeutic ritual, a way of finding balance, relaxation and mental well-being. To balance the rocks, Grab must pay close attention, focusing his mind and creative energy on the rocks he’s working with. He first finds a large rock in the environment to use as a base or tripod of sorts. He then begins building, using the natural indentations and grooves on one rock to stabilize and balance the next rock. The silence and concentration, and his connection with nature and himself, all help Grab use his work as meditation.
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