Diary of a Rock Balancer ::

Stone Balance Art created and photographed by Michael Grab — 14 February 2016 — Kaplankaya, Turkey ::

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Thus far, It is normal for me to develop a very close bond with the places I balance rocks around the world.. each new location seems to become a new aspect of home; in part, due to facing (and adapting to) the unique challenges of each. Turkey was no exception, as i was met with formidable wind this time of year coming in from the Aegean sea.. obviously the least conducive element for my standards of high precision stone balance. But once again, through patient awareness, I managed to find rhythms, adapt, and ultimately enrich my personal evolution as a balance artist and human being. . . i fell in love with the people I met (as usual), as well as the small but diverse spot of Earth I had the privilege to play with. . . the textures!! . . . THE COLORS!!!! <3 and still, barely scratched the surface I’m sure. All the more reason to return at some point and play more!!

This creation is a bit of a follow up from yesterday’s experimentation… but in a slightly more methodical location, composition-wise. I love the terrain right here.. the colors and textures!

 Tomorrow I pack up and fly far away to a new location. I may be in contact for a few more days in transit, during which i might share some unseen Turkish doodles/variations, but i might disappear for some time after that. not exactly sure what i’m getting myself into. . . then again, what fun is life when it’s under control?!? :))

#Kaplankaya, Turkey


Final Sunset

64 Responses
  1. This is Fascinating how you create different forms of balance. Perhaps you may even learn the secret of moving and placing to perfection; huge ton stones that created Megaliths; as we have here in Florida Coral Castle; and the great pyramid of Egypt. Please be alert and stay safe in those dangerous areas around our planet.

  2. Thanks for the inspiration! I find it interesting how the limits of your mind will in turn effect the limits of your rock balances, and what’s possible to bring into being.

  3. Wishing you all the best in your next / new adventure of Earth, textures, places, vibrations, sounds and soul melodies. You truly are a special! Blessings
    P.s don’t take too long, please!

  4. Please try to post and let your FB people know you are safe. You always make my day when I see your creations. They should be in a museum. Good luck! Turkey has changed alot since I lived there as a kid.

    1. every balance point consists of a minimum of three tiny contact points.. even if it appears to be on a tip, closer inspection will still reveal at least 3 contact points that are extremely close together.. often within 1mm of each other. center the top weight over the chain of ‘tripods’ and a formation like the one above is possible…

    2. @gravityglue thank you for taking the time to explain. We have a few in our backyard, but nothing compares to your dexterity and vision.