Diary of a Rock Balancer ::
Stone Balance Art created and photographed by Michael Grab — 14 May 2016 — Istria, Croatia ::
For most humans this is an abandoned, forgotten, decaying building — However, I immediately became enchanted by the entropy of hard-lined architecture with the relative chaos, power, and beauty of the surrounding nature.
Stone Balance is, in my experience, an art of (im)perfection and transience — the art of NOW. No time to think, only time to do, utilizing a freestyle mode of creation. A ‘high art’ (in my opinion) of taking mundane (often forgotten) objects at hand and skillfully rearranging them into a precarious, gravity-held, moment of profound oneness, which speaks directly to some deeper layer of truth that we as human beings intuitively understand (despite a lack of much explanation).
“Upala Yoga” in sanskrit — Stone Unity — through which I directly experience my own oneness with my environment. Spontaneous, unpredictable, and highly transformative, according to my own experience. Not to mention testimony from countless practitioners all around this blue/green dot. .
Here I simply took the fallen pieces of this building to create the subject of my creative potential. Similar to the way all of our bodies are merely rearranged remnants of dead stars. . . into temporary moments of (im)perfection.
PS… working with nature requires a heightened real-time awareness for any and everything in any given environment, momentary reflexes, etc… For example, here i was spooked shitless for a second to discover a decent sized black scorpion chillin underneath a broken brick. And I hear there is the occasional viper in the area as well. Soooo, be careful out there! Throughout my travels, snakes and arachnids seem to be the most common things to be aware of in most places…