Michael Grab is not a magician, he’s just really, really good at what he does. Michael is an artist who loves to balance rocks on top of each other. One might be tempted to think it’s merely an inane past time but through the years, Michael’s work has gotten more and more complex.
He started balancing rocks in the summer of 2008 while exploring Boulder Creek in Colorado. As he was doing so, he discovered that rock balancing was a very effective meditative medium as well as a creative outlet.He said: “Simple curiosity has evolved into a prolific creative passion, and daily meditative practice. I quickly noticed the unique effect that my creations had on myself and others, often inspiring a sense of magic and peace; a sense that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.”
All of Michael’s installations were created using nothing more than rocks, time, and patience. He doesn’t use glue and the sculptures are fairly stable once set up. Admittedly, a strong wind could collapse the whole structure, but as long as no outside force influences them, they’ll stay in one piece. What makes his sculptures unique is their fairly impossible configurations.
He’s even able to make arches between two rocks, something even a mason is hard put to achieve without mortar.
Michael tries to find the ‘natural tripod’ of every rock. It’s the three indentations that act as contact points and stabilize the rock as it rests on top of another. According to him, if you pay enough attention to the rocks, you might even hear and or feel the small ‘click’ as the contact points settle into place. The illusion of weightlessness in his work is achieved as two rocks barely touch and yet manage to support each other.
In an interview, he added: “Bottom Line… it’s a fun way to relax, release stress, play, create… learn… all while challenging my skills and dabbling with countless possibilities”
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