Rock Balancing. I first did it for relaxation and meditation. Then I discovered it’s also a form of art – sculpture. Some do it as a public performance, like Rocky Byun. I treat it as a game, life’s mini challenge.
6 July 2016: My first big rock (it’s actually concrete) 😆
Who inspired me? No, not Rocky Byun, but Micheal Grab. I first noticed his works on Instagram. Then I asked how it’s done.
How to Balance Rocks like there is no gravity?
In the words of Michael Grab from his website… “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations, you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimetres. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
It works with glass bottles too…
…and small garden rocks.
I started off with balancing bricks because I don’t have stones and rocks at home.
This could be the first feat on May 2016.
This is my favourite. It became my iPhone wallpaper.
More Bottles over a pond.
Balancing on Changi Beach.
In Changi Village Hotel lobby.
At Novotel Hotel.
At Punggol Waterway Park.
In my kitchen.
Then there are other things to balance.
Play around with colours on Instagram.
Sometimes I make picture quotes.
The more impossible it looks, the more satisfaction I get.
How about 4 layers?
Sometimes, I can’t even believe what I have done, especially this point-to-point brick balance.
Sometimes, even my wife don’t believe I did them. So I make it a point to record the process with my face in it.
My rock collection grew over time.
Where does all this lead to? Paid Performance? A rock balancing class?
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