Balance Artist: Michael Grab
Alias: “Gravity Glue”
My name is Michael Grab, and I began balancing rocks via “happy accident” in the Summer of 2008 while exploring Boulder Creek (Boulder, CO, USA). Since then, curious spark has spiraled into creative passion, way of life, and prolific international phenomenon/movement.
I quickly noticed the therapeutic/transformative effects that balancing and working with nature had on myself and others; in an artistic sense, but also nurturing something uniquely human, inspiring a sense of magic and peace, luring awareness out of the mind and into the moment — ultimately cultivating a meditative presence.
“Gravity Glue” is the alias I created to describe and share my experience in the realm of Stone Balance Art/Yoga
Gravity is the only “Glue” that holds these structures in equilibrium.
Gravity Glue on the surface was initially created for sharing my balance art; However, through time and experience, the cultivated ethos of GG appears to demonstrate a process of learning to “flow” as an integral function of Nature. It is an archetype for creation, whose key to the universe is creative active meditation and alignment with nature, through which, one touches/experiences infinity on a regular basis.
A spontaneous collaboration with Nature, which often spirals into moments of transcendental beauty.
~ Zen as Fuck ~
The process boils down to contemplative vertical stone arrangement; involving patience, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptation, slow-breathing, steady hands, and a host of other practiced skills…
~ Worldwide Phenomenon ~ ~ Contemplative Yoga Practice ~ ~ Ephemeral Nature Art/Therapy ~ ~ Psychological Alchemy ~ ~ Magic ~ Physical Ingredients: Rocks + Gravity ~ Metaphysical Ingredients: Patience + Open/Empty Mind
~ Worldwide Phenomenon ~
~ Contemplative Yoga Practice ~
~ Ephemeral Nature Art/Therapy ~
~ Psychological Alchemy ~
~ Magic ~
Rocks + Gravity
Patience + Open/Empty Mind
~ Balance requires a minimum of THREE contact points ~ Luckily, every rock is covered in a variety of indentations that can act as a NATURAL TRIPOD for the rock to stand upright. When the rocks touch, you can feel vibrations or "clicks", as the surfaces move against one another. A core non-physical element is meditation. In order to feel the smallest "clicks", it helps to breathe slowly, clear the mind, and relax, while remaining alert. Something to note: This meditative state seems also a natural symptom of feeling for balance points. Achieving a challenging balance requires patience, and becoming fully in touch with NOW (where the vibrations live). You must get to know the rocks you are working with. Some rock characters will coordinate better with others, vice versa, back, forth, right, left, up, or down. The trick I’ve found is to PLAY and experiment. Start simple. Step by step, add complications if you feel. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda ~ LEAVE NO TRACE ~
It’s a great way to relax, release stress, play, create… learn… all while honing my skills and entertaining possibility. I highly enjoy grooving with the various elements, whether for the photography and/or the balance itself. Most prominent being WIND, tides, sunsets... Spring snow run-offs, moonrises. For me it is all a very direct relationship with reality. Here and Now. Balancing, and even the documentation process is, in a sense, my Yoga Practice.. It's about dissolving boundaries between self and environment. One must BEcome the balance in order to realize such a thing in a complicated equation of rocks! Daily practice can push my limits of patience and/or reveal magic beyond words... Also a beautiful aspect of playing with nature is the chaos element. The unpredictability. Conditions that force one to adapt in order to continue. It keeps the practice slightly beyond control, and therefore fresh and challenging.