Diary of a Rock Balancer ::
Stone Balance Art (Arch) created and photographed by Michael Grab — 06 February 2016 — Kaplankaya, Turkey ::
“The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play. Their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body. Their education and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.”
i couldn’t fully explain the process to you. other than: all flows, even when i sit still and do ‘nothing’. . . everything affects everything else, each breath, each necessary adaptation to new circumstances in new places. . . and somehow, via intuition, it always lends (im)Perfection to the Now moment.
today high winds guided me to this spot, which i never would have chosen otherwise. but it turned out to be the key to the entire universe for today, which often seems the case. I’m not sure how or why, but this image is infinitely satisfying somewhere between its curves, asymmetry, and color.
these particular rocks were not ideal for vertical balancing, due to their softness, but their relatively high coefficient of friction and lower density made them ideal for larger freehand arches. also, in this case, the muted warmth of sunset and earth perfectly amplified the cooler blues of clouds and water.
Luca Di Napoli Rampolla
Thomas Clukies how
Michael, you literally rock my world! Sorry about the bad joke! Not….
“But it turned out to be the key to the entire universe for today, which often seems the case”…. ❤
Si te gusta tu trabajo, estarás contento, y no te parecerá aburrido, e irás cada día a él con entusiasmo y creatividad para mejorarlo. Si es ese tu caso, Felicidades…….
Great! Love the view and wht u do,awesome! :D
Great flow and mastery of stone. I particularly like the angles and keystone! Beautiful work.
“The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play.”………..M.G.
The Man knows the words, knows the feeling and the rocks…………
Its beautiful art from imagination and memory to leave behind
I’m gonna give it a go
If only our planet was as beautifully balanced.
My first stone balance. I have a inspiration in your’s art. Sorry for my english.
Today your writeup is even more beautiful than your art.
Love this, I am so wanting to try ….
Beautiful work and sentiment
It’s simple perfection! Wonderful photo of a beautiful work:
Just saw this guy on tv last night in a documentary. Soooo neat!
Have you ever been to Britain? I’d love to see how your balancings would turn out near to some of our very ancient standing stones. Would it give you a different ‘feel’ to work in proximity to them?
Great quote and awesome curves. What a setting! Those two holes in the big rock are most excellent too.
To me the rocks together look like an arm, the pointer finger and thumb holding something between them like when you meditate
Extraordinario trabajo, se nota que es una persona muy concentrada y conectada en lo que hace!!
Thanks Jen, l’ll check it out….looks amazing!! :-)
Nice lines (in the art and words:)
What an incredible key stone
Thanks, although with freehand arches like this, all are keystones, or else one of the ends, which is normally the last stone placed..
I agree with u.. They all work together and it’s not a true ” keystone or keystone shape” but its choosing and positioning really created a stunning arch
AGREED. I AM AN ARTIST AND CONSTANTLY HAVE TO DEFEND MY ART AS “MY WORK” AND “NOT” MY HOBBY.
Turning, turning, spinning, spinning, allowing movement…
Louis Peake look :)
ocorreu-me :p awesome
best yet IMO
This is beautiful!!! The curves, the colors – cool vs. warm… How the horizon line complements the curves! Awesome!!
Dude this is so beautiful
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road” – Stephen Hawking. Another beautiful piece of play.
Beautiful place…Turkey ♥
Always inspiring. Your work and the photos are awsome.
it’s nearlly impossibl what you have done … just wow
Just so beautiful.
Chuck Meacham my inspiration.
Wisdom’s Rock man.
You Rock! :)
So much balance in your words, nothing to add… However, this picture says it all… Thank you for sharing.
Your awesome creations do not need any dialog, they express themselves just being.
Looks impossible to do alone!
There seem to be multiple arches. Did you also do the stones below and to the left and right of the ‘pointer’ arch ?
Yes indeed.. :)
waah, stop by in Pula on your way back home! its almost in the nhood :) :)
Well, even more inspiration to collab! I bet he’d would! He prolly looks at your work and says the same!
Everything at its place, colours too
This is absolutely beautiful, as well as the words you put with it. Probably one of the most awe-some of your works I have ever seen
So fandeful again, perfect!
Always great work! You and ‘Johnny-clasper stonemason/sculptor’ need to collaborate! I fools him as well and he work is great as well. He does it for people yards, I bet if you two got together only greatness could come form it. that’s his page name so check him out. He hails from theUK. :)
i’m well aware of Johnny Clasper, whose stone work is some of my favorite i’ve seen! :)
With the universe as your guide, I wouldn’t be surprised if your arch were pointing to something significent in the sky (maybe more apparent at night).
Smart thinking! Especially with how the planets have been aligning in the sky. Hope he is able to check it out at night! Gravity Glue will you be around tk investigate?
yes it may be possible to shoot this against the night sky, but will wait for a warmer night… in which case hope to pull off a decent star-lapse… actually.. looking in this direction should have the long center stone close to parallel with the milky way as it combs across the sky a few hours before sunrise… according to the read out in some clever apps.. :))
I also wonder what you’re pointing to at the horizon, within the ‘eye’.
Beautiful photo, Beautiful sculpture, Beautiful description.
upon further research… the milky way should line up *PERFECTLY* with the center stone between 12:30am and 1:00am Local time in Turkey, within about 3 degrees on the horizon…so theoretically, shooting this same frame at that time should yield the milky way extending precisely from the tips of the center stone… pretty fucking cool.. now to make it happen, which will be a whole other logistical challenge, including the unlikely but potential wild bore in the area at night.. fingers crossed. :))
Be safe! Can’t wait to see it!!!!
Jacqui Radtke no garantees… though still optimistic!! :)
Beyond fuckin’ cool. Clear skies and no boars.
Beautiful. Thanks for opening my eyes to your work/play/life. I cant wait to see if you capture the night shot. And thank you for showing the beauty of my parents homeland, Turkey :)
I can’t wait to see the pictures!
Amen to that