- December 1st, 2012
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~ Dale Carnegie
This balance came into being only after a necessary collapse of another orb I was building. I was placing the last rocks to finalize my orb and one tiny rock unexpectedly collapsed the whole glob of rocks. The collapse was unfortunate but a blessing in disguise. I spent all afternoon highly tuned into my orb construction. rock after rock after rock. silence. Collapse was late in the day so I had little time left to balance something. PLAY TIME.
I love how this counterbalance spirals up toward a singularity of weight. The nature of balancing in this style involves fractal thinking. The whole system above the first/biggest horizontal block must be enough weight to balance it. The pattern continues up toward the singular top rock. It’s placement does not require any counterbalancing AND is the crucial component in stabilizing the whole system. It balances ALL levels.
As long as the levels alternate back and forth like this the rocks appear to naturally seek the system’s center of gravity and balance. The first and heaviest level is way off to the left extreme of balance. Then the next level up in both distance and mass shows the right extreme of balance. Then back to the left, but this time it narrows closer to the “limit”, which is where balance takes over. Then back again to the right but narrows even further toward balance. The pattern can continue, and would approach a more precise center of the system with each level going up… I feel like this has Phi and Fibonacci written all over it..