to explain the process a bit…
this was close to my 15th attempt to record a creation with these stones.. nearly gave up many times, both cuz it was getting late and because the location was less than ideal for making a complex hairline arrangement. nowhere to sit, so crouching or standing became the only practical options. standing while bending over is hard on the back, whereas crouching is hard on the knees and feet. This is why i’m standing here to begin with. balancing the base and column are usually less strenuous weight-wise, tis more problem solving complimentary angles. then, when i get closer to adding the top, i crouch down temporarily to use my back strength more. Also, it seems, the closer my perspective is to the critical (top) balance point, the more stability i sense through my hands. Also the forehead makes a risky but useful extra stabilizer for large top rocks. :)
It takes awhile for the creation to develop here because so much attention must go into placing the foundation with foresight of the total top weight. Why? because things can change drastically (even dangerously) once the large top is added to a hairline counterbalance where everything rides as close to the opposing limits as possible (“as impossible as possible”). . . these high tension arrangements have an incredible feeling to the touch when they lock together more and more toward zero. I look pretty motionless for much of the video, but in my mind’s eye, it kinda feels like navigating inside a colorless Rubik’s cube of contact vibrations and threads that i really don’t even have all the words to describe. purely experiential! and i’d say the few moments before zero are the most uncertain. when letting go becomes a bit of a guessing game, riding the line between balance and collapse. Sooner or later, if i have the patience, i usually find zero, sometimes quite unexpectedly.
I wasn’t even going to record again, but glad i did.. this is one of those ones i’d be very hard-pressed to replicate. for windless days only. i accidentally killed it by splashing slightly too much water.
Sādhana (Sanskrit: साधन; Tibetan: སྒྲུབ་ཐབས་, THL druptap, Chinese: 修行), literally “a means of accomplishing something”, is an ego-transcending spiritual practice. It includes a variety of disciplines in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh traditions that are followed in order to achieve various spiritual or ritual objectives