“What I dream of is an art of balance” -Henri Matisse
These structures are made solely from gravity–no adhesives or other types of helpers are used! The precarious-looking arrangements take patience and practice to create. From the artist:
“Over 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.”
It is difficult to achieve balance when placing rocks on top of each other, just like it is difficult to achieve balance in daily living. Euripides, the ancient Greek playwright, said that
“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.”
Living a balanced life is a challenge. But it can be absolutely breathtaking.