We saw quite a few rock sculptures on our trip through the Canadian Rockies but the pieces were never quite the magnitude of these created by Michael Grab, the master of stone balancing.Â The physical ingredients of his art are rocks and gravity and the metaphysical ingredients are patience and an open mind. â€œGravity Glueâ€ is the name he has given to his stone balancing practice of which he says:
â€œThe process boils downÂ to contemplative vertical stoneÂ arrangement; involvingÂ patience, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptation, slow-breathing, steady hands, and a hostÂ of other practiced skillsâ€¦â€
â€œGravity is the only â€œGlueâ€ that holds these structures in equilibrium.â€
â€œOver the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection. they become a reflection of ourselves in a way; precariously sturdy, mysterious and fragile.â€
Images: Courtesy of Michael Grab.