Diary of a Rock Balancer ::
Stone Balance Art created and photographed by Michael Grab — 04 May 2016 — Istria, Croatia ::
Once again, from deep inside the hills of Istria, Croatia… this was at an old abandoned mill, close to the smallest town in the world, called ‘Hum’. There seems an endless network of the narrowest one lane roads, connecting countless tiny villages throughout the countryside. many hilltops adorned with a single church tower of the same architecture, which dominates the surrounding landscape… really quite beautiful. .. very quiet, peaceful place. Mostly limestone around here. lotsa frogs in the nearby creek again. loving all the shades of green.
while driving to this place, we passed a hilltop overlooking a huge expanse of endless hills. and there was something special about a solitary dog just sitting there taking it all in.. a very old soul perhaps? contemplating life and love? meditating? who knows… either way he looked much wiser than I. it was an unexpectedly profound sight. if only humans could pause in such a way, sit still and just absorb the beauty around them in such a way. not a care in the world. . .
Meditation. Balance. Art.
Sevgili Michael yaptığın sanatı büyük bir beğeni ve ilgiyle izliyorum, bana benim ülkemin ünlü mimarlarından sinanın yapılarında yakaladığı müthiş dengeyi hatırlatıyorsun.Allah çok az insana doğanın bu müthiş dengesini yakalamayı nasip eder sen de bu şanslı kişilerden birisin ne mutlu sana… seni izlemeye devam edeceğim yüreğine ve sanatına sağlık…
You must be an amazing person doing amazing art! Thank you
A mystical dance in a stone garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FAISFy9sZL4
How the fuck?
no way you just liked that :O is my like on balance now? Kappa
This is unreal…. Amazing
Stack rocks see the world! Happy travels!
Your art is awesome and defies all logic.
It’s a amazing
Gravity is amazing and so are you!
hey, you’re pretty cute…
O come on!
A friendly hello back to ya! I met a balancer in Lahaina and I was hoping he was you. His name was Crush, a cool local. He taught my 8 and 10 yr old boys about soft hands and patience.
Once again I am amazed by your work! How long will this one last do you think? Hope the old soul dog you was talking about doesn’t see it and investigate. Wouldn’t want that to fall on him. You talk of beauty, to me the work you do is beauty. Thanks for sharing
So lovely story, thanks for making us pause in contemplation of your art, like that wise soul-dog. Sipping your inspiration. Thank you so much. <3
Pat Dias oh a cara do fdp HUASUHSAUHSA
É VOCÊ MANO HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (para de facebookar é cola logo no champsss)
Have you heard of Braco?
Hey man! I visited Hum and its surrounding several years ago. Did some meditation in all that “stillness”. Really beautiful and peacefull place. Are you intending to visit Split. If so, we could do some magic together :) …although I’m just beginner in balancing. And guess what… You’re the culprit for me starting the balancing. Few months ago I saw your “Gravity glue 2014” video and fell in love with it
portrait of the artist as a young man
Roger Grossklaus – Exactly … (Y) (Sylvia)
Think of it as beauty meets gentle art in a most natural and infinitely patient way. The result is ‘wonder’ and you are there, aren’t you? :) (Sylvia, Brad’s wife)
Magic my friend!!!
Your work is breathtaking and you are a handsome fellow. As a mom and granny too, please keep eating well and resting too. From Ontario, Canada. :) (Sylvia, Brad’s wife; we share 1 FB pg)
Thank you ♡♡
wowzers I would love to give this a go but I swear there are no rocks anywhere near my house lol
Love how the top rock looks like a heart with a piece taken out only to be replaced on the opposite side, double balance ❤️
Amazing as Always ❤️
Michael what the hell? We are seeing your face! You are freakin me out dude! I probably won’t sleep tonight! lol.
there you are <3 I love your work <3
Victoria Guillaume ca y est jai trouvé ;)
For your projects, do you gather rocks from the location or bring them with you?
Love your work. started doing my own… nothing like yours yet, but I’ll get there. :)
How is this done? Amazing!!!!
Sounds like an amazing place. Your beautiful creation shows your inspiration from all the beauty around you. Love reading your posts Michael…keep inspiring me!!
you are staying in Croatia for awhile? greetings from Kvarner region, very close to you! pozdrav! :)
You never fail to inspire, thanks for all your amazing post!!!
The stone person in the base is smiling just like you! :)
This dude’s gonna be an international legend in a few years, guaranteed.
You are so rwd
Very cool photo!!
♥ ♥ ♥ le moulin et l’oeuvre , merci !
Belles paroles auxquelles j’adhère … qui est le plus beau ? l’oeuvre ou l’artiste ? ;) ♥
your art and virtuosity unreal. keep at it.
Love this :-)
I <3 ROCKS
Have you seen this work Alicja?
How do these beautiful pieces hold up against elements such as wind?
Oh well. They sure are beautiful to take in while they last. Meditation at its finest.
Beautifully stated – love your creations.
OMGGGGGGGGGGG <3 <3 <3 <3
What you have shared is the next best thing to not being being where you are. Love it!
Thanks for your fantastic posts
God! I want to be there! !!!
Hi Michael Grab! Love your adventures
Innerstanding through the heart of a dog…and a gatherer of rocks ❤️
Molim ☺️ ;)
Howmany people and howmany tubes of superglue? ;-)
7 is the best answer ;-)
You are amazing !
Again amazing. Great way to start the day seeing your work and hearing about your adventures.
Such a beautiful thought and something so incredible to see. At that very moment in time you were there to experience it. Enjoy your posts so much. Such a peaceful way to begin the day. Look forward to it every morning. Have a peaceful and exceptional day.
incredible.. and amazing
Muy lindo! Saludos.
Are these called something other than cairns (if that is even correct!) I love them and occasionally find them on my hikes – love that people do this – a real talent!
Gravity Glue thanks! I appreciate the explanation of both. I love them!
Someone mentioned you in response to this article and I explained the difference as you did. Your works are ephemeral, theirs aren’t. https://www.hcn.org/articles/a-call-for-an-end-to-cairns-leave-the-stones-alone
Kate Robson ha.. Definitely one of the dumbest articles out there. Authored by idiocy. I left a piece of my mind in the comments long ago.
Gravity Glue I’ve taken to calling them ‘balancings’ when I share photos with people.
So beautiful. Thank you very much.
Your comments about Hum took me on a search to learn more about Croatia–history, regions, economy, as well as listening to ojkanje folk-singing. What a delightful country–so happy you can share your gifts there!
Beautiful picture of you .. ..
and incredible a r t again .. ..
Ni clou ni vis
Love it that you are balanced as well
Starting my day with such beautiful thoughts and images is a bless. Thank you! <3
amazing man l love your work
You look a bit like Jason Mraz:)
Paddy Farry Merrack Jerkin Gavin Boyle
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Sounds like a beautiful part of your journey. As Americans (with constant access to media), we tend to generalize a country according to what we hear in the news. Thank you for using your art and your words to show us beautiful parts of other countries and help us to open our minds and our hearts.
you look so peaceful and happy as usual..
It is really awesome. It is a pity I have never been there))))))
:) увлекательное занятие.
Taşlarla imtihan.Sabır,yetenek,huzur.Eline sağlık,paylaştığın için teşekkür.
Any other destination in Croatia?
one of your best photos!
Garith that’s so pretty :D
Just shared the story to my youngest of watching you do this in boulder b4 the world found you! Still so cool.What a gift!
Thanks for sharing your “magic” – absolutely stunning beautiful! Here in Germany we do have nice rocks as well … :-)
You write, “If only humans could pause in such a way, sit still and just absorb the beauty around them in such a way. not a care in the world.” – You help us all come closer to that, enabling us to marvel at your amazing creations and absorb some of the serenity of the beautiful wildlands you create them in . . . Especially when you share a video with the natural sounds giving us an additional dimension of solace, almost as if we were there :- ). .. .. .. Thank you as always..
Pat; perfectly stated :-)
Michael’s words always resonate … as do yours, Pat. Thank you for your expression. (Sylvia, Brad’s wife)
hvala i tebi! Thank you too, for sharing this beautiful image of a contemplating dog of Istria
You have a wonderful life.
Hi, I adore your work more and more, you have the same connection to the nature like I do. Very much like reading your comments, take care☺
ya love it
‘we’re all still here, no one has gone away, waiting, acting much too well and, procrastinating…’ from Incredible String Band song
be thou the joyful player……
how long does it usually take you to create such masterpiece?
this one took nearly an hour (maybe a bit more?) after collecting some rock options… most difficult part was the small rock second from the top… so close to the limit, above a large cantilever.. under a relatively massive topper. had to problem solve a new technique to make that one happen. :)
I’m imagining you must’ve had multiple attempts to get it done & how frustrating that must be getting so close to the finalé then knocking it down. :)
nevertheless, the result is all worth it. truly amazing… thanks for sharing it with us by the way.
VERY clever! amazing!!