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
I love your search….of zero…of “imposible”……in the middle of everything……jumping up nature into other dimesions…..opening minds and hearts to go beyond…..creating exuberance of contradictions into simplicity and posibility…..i love you boy……you are expanding humanity…making people remember there is no up and down,,,,there is no heavy and light…making people remember the mistery of connection…..opening ways to move the fit point of consiousness…this is so amazing and important in what you do…And you are making it in such a simple way…..mastering existence…….keep on searching………..all the love…. <3
I like to imagine these rocks have waited for centuries for someone to do something with them other than just pick up the smooth ones to fling and have “skip” the water 1….2……3…… maybe 4 times…
Each of these rocks have a distinct energy vibration and you’ve harnassed so many of their notes of balance.
Texte magnifique, merci, vous êtes époustouflant !
C est encore une fois un putain de plaisir de te lire ! En plus d être un Stone Balancer hors pair tu es aussi un poète ! J adore cette façon que tu as de décrire ça , ça me parle en tout cas ! Je dirais que c est même exactement ça! Bravo Michael !
Александр Кузьменков вот тебе новый челлендж
Just amazing art! Incredible! All the best & happy to know that the Boulder police have gone onto other matters!
Matty Poole Markeeta Smith Jason Murphy Karen White Juanita Begg Peta Spence Zannah Simpson Olivia Warby Jess Warby Loretta Lett
:-D the bigger one at the end is like a joke, incredible :-D
Super Sweet —- “Crouching Tiger, Embrace Mountain” !
I was trying to figure out how YOU did that, those photos of yours were terrific
Oops but amazing!!
Nerve wracking about amazing!!!
This guy probably sucks at Jenga
I could pull up a chair and watch all day? Caught a “show” with an artist doing this at the “Ex” in Toronto several years back. Fascinating!!!
Incredible! Esp loved the joyful little glee smile! I’d feel the same!!!
Dude! You need a fucken life! Seriously? This is what you do all day?
Yah that’s it! Ha ha, funny girl.
I couldn’t breath watching you!
Me encanta tu trabajo !
It’s amazing that ultimate moment when you let go, totally worth the patience of only watching it XDD at first I thought it would be on fast forward, but it’s real time. Just a – ma – zing. Officially your fan!!!
Mira esto Jose Diaz para quedarse tieso
transcendingly FUN !
Wow! I would not have the patience!
WOW, looks stressful and meditative at the same time, how can that be?
The rock whisperer
The effort was worthwhile. Excellent video! One of those few arts where seeing process feels almost necessary.
Thank you, it’s really amazing to see how you get it and what feeling you have for it.
Michael, I think you would like to be connected to this artist’s work.
German Lerner Paula López Girardi
Matheus Fortes Gabriel Mouallem pra vcs que não acreditavam kkk
Quelle maîtrise !! Magnifique ! You’re the master !
Mary VandenBerg Green
yes, isn’t it awesome ? I’ve watched him in videos so often and am always inspired…
É um prazer ver tu criar,,,maravilhosa alegria!
Alfredo Contreras Macklis
Totally amazing !
Matt Zarlingo Christopher St Clair
i wish you did workshops. i feel like i could use the internal journey and balance of doing and not doing that you engage. thanks for sharing, michael.
Watch what he is doing. The ‘trick’ is tripoding, finding 3 points of contact or more between stones. You can do this if you’re steady and patient, just give it a try sometime.
I trust you about tripoding, but all of these rocks since very rounded, aren’t they? I want to learn it too please
Best teachers are the rocks! I can talk for hours about vibrations and tripods, and patience. But the best way to learn is to just gather rocks and start balancing. I also recommend taking photos of ur work so u can refer back and imagine ways to step up the challenge. Maybe add another rock on a tip. Or counterbalance something. Infinite possibilities. But every rock in an arrangement has at least 3 contact points to the next rock. Very close or far apart. Here, the contact points are extremely close together. Which exponentially increases the challenge
Thank you very much, sir, to take a moment to answer me, and actually to almost everyone! We all love your work, and people who try to share their passion is the most amazing people. As a hand back (sorry if it’s not right term, I’m not english), I would love to tune your piano !
Inspired & inspiring
Way awasome for sure, hope to see one of em one day!
I’m going to watch your video, so i spontaneously hold my breath : that’s usually called the “Gravity Glue effect”.
Muy muy bonito
Awesome!! Have to ask what shoes were you wearing?
Absolutely amazing again!! I found myself holding my breath and clenching my teeth just watching the video!!! You are amazing!!
Suzanne, here is a video that you might want to see and share.
I seriously thought he used an adhesive…just…wow this is amazing.
Unbelievable! Thank you for sharing. Your work is breathtaking.
Whoa! This is totally crazy!!! Amazing!!!
A voir cette démonstration c’est impressionnant irréaliste pour nous !!!
Weeds BombJeanette FosnæsStoney OttoMuimui Phakanan
Smygol regardes ça !!! :O
I wondered if my technique was different. Apparently balance and playing with gravity has a universal method of success. Bravo.
Is there really a concern from people thinking you’re an illusionist, or is that title used for another reason? Either way it’s fun to watch you enjoy your stone. I set stone in a very different way, but I’m fairly certain we share the same love for the material used.
Although I may be a tad more abusive to it… :)
It’s like a magic trick, by the end you’re asking yourself..” HTH did he do that ?!?!” Crazy Amazing !
Come to Brasil!
Maxime Chapot Regarde ça ! :o
your skills are amazing!
Yes I’ve seen this it’s insane
Magia y equilibrio en estado puro. ¡Gracias Michael!
LOVE!!!! So mesmerizing!
Paula Boltó Alba para el siguiente viaje a Besalú :D
Tu flipas que tengo paciencia más allá de 5 minutos
Vai a lavorare in miniera
Fascinating to watch and listen to the rushing water.
Made me think of this scene B-)
just great how you make the impossible possible.
On le voit vraiment faire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
und man muss garnicht mal so lange halten, bis der Kleber trocken ist
Michael you are ninja wizard! Beautiful calming clip :)
This is total balance, nature and human, i bow for you…..
Thanks for posting this video! I could feel myself relaxing as I watched. Great way to start a Monday!
tying the knots of unseen strings <3
Rafael Máximo Dennys Mezzetti Sergio Miranda Herminio Freitas Rodrigo S. Guimarães Esse é ídolo
Aí a GNT vê uns desses no rio e o Herminio vem fala q eh extraterrestres
John-Boy Vossen Dit was waar ik het over had. Echt geniaal :-D
I love this video. I was mesmerised.
That is amazing!
Wondering how this fine tuned TOUCH-FEEL-HOLD skill could be applied to align our body-minds…
You, sir, are amazing.
A Big THANK YOU for sharing the video of you plying your skill in action. It looks as difficult as I had imagined. Seeing you beside your creation gives it the scale I wanted to see as well. Thanks again!
Jared Reddington Alex Bartalotta
Why r u up lol
Haha I went to sleep early so I’m just up lol
Mehdi wa ta chmen cola :o hadshi vrai
What an extraordinary treat to watch this. I had to remember to breath! Thank you.
It’s a fantastic centering and grounding discipline
interesting, your opinions. I have done this for years in my travels here and there cross America and always found great satisfaction in it. Never did it for an audience per se but always mindful that a passer-by may notice and wonder. That was always audience enough for me.
Il maestro in azione. Incredibile!
I am in love with your Art. Making the impossible possible!!
Wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t actually seen it for myself!
Amazing great job !!!!
Ce type est trop balaise
Honar Azad Mohammed Hassan
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” – Nikola Tesla
I love that quote Carmen Gibson Bartelds.
brilliant quote…we named our dog “TESLA” ;-)
Amazing! Lovely sound track for a hectic Monday morning too!
This is beautiful! 6 minutes of absolute attention… I also found myself holding my breath for you…
I could watch you do this all day but I do wonder if you get days when nothing works and you can’t achieve the balance?
I’ve had days like that, just last week. But it usually ties in when I am playing with time. My best balances come about when time isn’t a factor and I can relax knowing it doesn’t matter how long it takes.
Love it. One of my favorite things to do.
very mindful and all I love it.
I found myself calming my breathing while watching him …
No help to the artist whatsoever but definitely good for me.
Wow that’s mild blowing . Incredible!
Haha :) so cool. I love the smile at the end.
Watching Michael build this is 6 minutes very well spent. This is mindfulness.
Mindfulness…love that word! This demo is my meditation for the day. Thanks Michael.
This is more than mindfulness,I think…this is what happens when you get in the flow of creativity,when literally ALL YOUR ENERGY is focused and used to CREATE…eventhough this is the act of creating something soooo mindblowing and fascinating!!The art of creating something so beautiful,so peaceful…organic food for your mind and soul :)
So awesome, i think there’s a butterfly watching you work your magic.
I thought it was a light.
Not sure it could be
Unbeleivable ! I’ve still got so much to learn….
So fantastik :)
Beautiful, thank you.
western Zen exercise
Как такое может быть.здорово
These are amazing! This one even beyond that!
Salvatore Hiidan Esposito ma come cazzo fa?
Daniel I wonder what you’d be like with this kind of patience. Lol
Oh, oh, ricominciano i calcoli
Erwin Maka wij gaan ook proberen! :)
Leon Schatzl Peter Kstlr Tobias Mayer
this is life !
1000 000 <3
Perfect balance. I watched a video on your site and admire your patience and your art!
He is best
i would just like to say that when i look at these works, i can’t help but absorb this fantastic feeling of tranquility, thank you, i haven’t had too many things do that for me
the art of rock balancing
Toujours un plaisir de voir tes équilibres doublé de clichés sublimes ! Magnifiques couleurs sanguines !
Melanie Domínguez Armas
Melanie Domínguez Armas
Had to look up the meaning of sadhana. Also a hottie indian actress from the 60s/70s. She seemed pretty stacked too. :p :*
Wonderful is fleeting.
To není možné…
It doesnt matter how often i see pictures of your art, it ALWAYS gives me this ” howthefuckdidhedothat”- moment!!
i recorded a video of building this one.. surprised i got it to finally work in an 8 minute clip… first 20 recording attempts failed.
J’ai essayé la vidéo mais c’est plus “stressant” je trouve ^^ Hate de voir la tienne ;)
Sublime leaf complinent. Love those lil roundies in the mix too. ♡