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Early morning at the local water spot outside Urkult festival 2013.. Näsåker, Sweden. This place had some interesting rocks to play with… mostly uniform color… but funky shapes and a variety of angular and smooth round rocks.. :) This balance is very simply.. but sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful. it really comes down to the moment. But the shapes here spoke to me instantly. difficult to explain. There was a group of people enacting a well known Swedish folk tale at this time and place, so the experience is intimately bound to the surrounding activities. It seemed that the rock placement fit perfectly into the magic of the folk tale in some strange way.. as usual, people in the vicinity were enchanted by such an unlikely balance.. :)
It seems that letting go of things was a central lesson in 2012. It has also been a part of learning as we begin 2013. Something I enjoy about stone balance is that it has a weird way of breaking ego. just when I seem to get ahead of myself, stone balance will remind me to slow down.
This is my first balance of 2013. A freezing day up at woods quarry… but as always, the experience was quiet and relaxing.. A cool part of this photo is that I inadvertently captured downtown Denver in the distant background… It looks like such a peaceful place from way up here… another reminder that perspective can change things quite a bit.
Something I like to incorporate into my balances, from a design perspective, is making the form flow as a whole. Just as with fabric squares in watercolor quilting, I like to fit rocks together in such ways as to become extensions of one another… so they collectively radiate a certain energy through design. Another important aspect I enjoy is the tension that comes out of pushing limits of my own skill… often a greater challenge will induce more focused meditative states where breathing really becomes center of attention. Without paying close attention to breath, the small changes in lung inflation are enough to unbalance my efforts as I brace the premature balance. SLOW BREATHING required.
btw, I find Carl Jung to be an incredible genius. His work and perspectives are highly inspirational both artistically and personally. I have also heard from credible sources that Carl Jung was himself interested in the art of Stone Balance and has even written briefly about the practice. Though, I do not know this for certain… anyone with more insight into this, let me know!
~Leonardo da Vinci
Much of the time balancing is also spent experimenting with different ideas and arrangements. Remember there is no right or wrong configuration of rocks. It is about YOU and what excites YOUR spirit.
For this one I began by roaming around the quarry looking at the amazing variety of shapes and sizes of rocks. It was not until finding the large rock in the middle of this arrangement that I decided it would fit great for a triangle… In my experience and research, this form is representative of the feminine as the triangle is pointing down to make a V shape.. Superimpose a “male” triangle over this one in the opposite direction and we would have a somewhat balanced star tetrahedron form…. maybe I’ll experiment with that next if at all possible… Though, this one was already quite a challenge to realize.. and blew over easily in slight wind…. I bet the stability could be greatly improved with a follow-up attempt as well..
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
I love how these rocks compliment each other in this arrangement.. simple elegance. :) gotta love the deep reds in many
of the creek rocks too. my favorite :)
all the weight sitting on the round rock reallllllly wants to tip the round rock down the slope… meanwhile the top rock is *barely enough weight to counterbalance the one below it. but any heavier, and it would tip everything over that round rock. less than a mm difference between equilibrium and collapse. extremely ephemeral.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908
~ Lao Tzu
Some balances take on such interesting form when all the parts are arranged thoughtfully. I wonder what there is inside my mind and perception that tells me this is an interesting balance. Perhaps specific arrangements of shapes, colors, proportions have a way of communicating with my subconscious…? I’ve recently thought often about the paradigm where these balances are merely actions of the total universe rather than actions of my separate ego. They would not be possible without everything else happening simultaneously if everything is a single energy system. So then, are the balances communicative in some way? after all, it is the total universe acting to create something for itself to witness. ..