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.

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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…


50 Responses
  1. Yes be careful with what you disturb…they may not be amused! Some of the stones are their homes! I love this one because I love ruins and abandoned architecture.

  2. I want to Like, Love and WoW this post. Just fabulous, Michael. Thank you so much for sharing your beingness on this blue and green dot. <3

  3. love love love everything about this one … the brokenness, the arch and the angled stones in the balance, the sun, the reflection, the shadey areas, and trying to imagine what was in the round hole .. if this was in US .. it would be graffittied and destroyed

    1. It is filled with graffiti. As are almost all abandoned buildings here. Actually I’ve always found great beauty in skillful graffiti.. As long as it’s kept to manmade objects for its canvas.

    2. All Terraigns yes! i see lotsa stylistic and process similarity between my creations and various graffiti.. i find much of the artistry in graffiti highly inspiring, and yes, both are a kind of guerilla artform, albeit one purely natural materials/highly transient native to natural jungles, and the other manmade/semi-permanent, native to manmade jungles. but still, if i need to ask permission it kills the flow.. i do what i want to do, when i feel like doing it, and where, without harming others. . .permission unnecessary, while still using my own developed code and guidelines for my work.

  4. I always imagine you have to find the essence of a stone to place it. I’m intrigued how you find working with man made ones and how it changes the relationship?

    1. Definitely not my preference. I even collected some nice white ones and brought them with me for this spot.. But then started finding indigenous peices with character. Character is everything I guess. Plus the indigenous felt better to use here for obvious reasons

  5. showed your 2014 video to my class of preschoolers and they were awestruck, then we got busy balancing and they loved it! Our record is a stack of 8. Thanks for your inspiration!

  6. From rubble re-claimed by snakes and scorpians , the same rubble once chained with motar and rebar, rises a new balance of peace, freedom and creativity. Namaste! =D

    1. The ‘Poskok’ or sand viper is the most dangerous one around here. They have a funky horn on their nose. I kinda wanna see one but hope not by surprise

    2. I’ve been in the area where they reside but the only one I’ve ever seen was in a zoo. I don’t mind snakes all that much, but I’d rather see a Viper with 4 wheels than one with scales . . . LOL

  7. Amazing replica Spanish castle in entropy with some Australian tropical rainforest. There is also a bottomless swimming hole and 8 acres of forest garden. Heaventropy. Paronella Park. Queensland.Your style.

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