With the exception of 2018, This “orb” creation has been a kind of annual ritual for me since 2012. While the finished form is nothing short of extraordinary to see in person, it’s the overall process that I’ve grown to love the most. Everything from hiking up the flatirons with heavy camera gear, to articulating 3 dimensional physical and visual symmetry with an abundance of varying size and thickness, but uniformly flat flagstone, in an all-or-nothing 7-hour flow on the side of a mountain, with a variety of bird song over the distant hum of ‘civilization’ down below, is an excellent prescription for a kind of soul whispering. . . .
Since no one has ever really seen the creation process besides the odd glimpse from serendipitous hikers, I decided to timelapse the build process, beginning from the neck up. Snapped about 4000 frames at a 7 sec interval, and finished just in time for sunset to round out the wave.
A few things I especially love about this instance, is that it broke a 2 year silence of the ritual, it was my first creation of autumn 2019, the whim appeared during new moon, instead of the traditional full. It was a testament to using the heartbreak of a ‘failed’ attempt (the previous day) as fuel for ultimately succeeding. And it was spun into existence during the birth of my cousin’s first child.. . So, in a sense, the previous day’s collapse, despite how angry I became with myself over a post completion error, was perfectly timed for this day. . . ❤️🧙🏼♂️
5,29113427 September, 2019
Focused on this spot for 1 week. But I’m curious why linear time is so important for ppl to know..?
There are several steps... not even steps — moreso a stream of consciousness underneath mechanical recordings... as the process of doing something intuitively triggers unforeseen possibilities/realizations. The main reasons I settled here, were a giant piece of orthoclase (center bottom), and a broken tree root with preferable slink. .
Which butterfly’d out — first dabbling, “plinko”ing into a 20 minute rough build (pictured in previous post) — decidedly intermediate. But it was a quick spontaneous re-phrase with a familiar rock fam(**). .
I was video interviewed twice next to the rough version, which had 2 spinal rocks alternated back and forth — subpar aesthetic for my elite standards — but the stability helped me get a feel for this heavy wing, which is literally UP-cycled from an August 2018 creation(**). It seemed too heavy to safely raise up and place this way last year. . . But once I initially zeroed the forces involved on the top counterbalance over a basic spine, i sat with it for several hours.. took ~ 3 photos for documentation, studied the images, and proceeded to rework the spine and minimize contacts. Why? — because THAT was closer to spirit, despite the challenge. .
In a timelapse, it shows the way my whole body creates a kind of scaffold around the structure while I’m tuning.. for max stability, cuz losing control of the large ones up top would’ve been worst case scenario. Thankfully I avoided the #risk , albeit not without near disasters — saved by #breath control, meditative #focus and #reflex . .
The rest almost arranged itself into an #intuitive asymmetrical resonance of shapes and gravity... which lit up in direct sun, imprinting a kind of energetic symmetry onto the mind’s eye. . . So I want to transmit this #vision throughout the hive mind, cuz it entranced my #spirit for a #lovely moment, and dissolved back to #nothing . .
This top rock specifically, appeared to me in a dream one morning..
We have quite a history. I’ve balanced it before, multiple times, but never in this orientation. I found it in this vicinity at least 7 years ago. I used it and abandoned it then...But it reappeared to me the following year, downstream a bit, so I used it again, differently than before. I grew attached so I kept it in my personal crate of rocks for public demo use. A couple years later I almost shipped it to shanghai as part of a commercial project. I’m grateful I decided to keep it close to home. .
with this creation, I initially locked onto the two lower rocks, but in order to hold this way, they required a very specific top weight. I must’ve tried about 5 different options for a top, but all were either just under weight or too heavy to execute the hairline counterbalance. . . and whichever rock it was, had to have the perfect female edge to hug the rounded surface below. .
After exhausting other potentials for about a week, this top, sitting in my crate at home, somehow became a spotlight moment in a dream.. like this exact vision, exact edges, even the notch itself and the crate it sat in, were all shown to me in the dream. So I returned to the equation that morning with the rock, and a strange knowing that this was the solution.. . Regardless of how difficult it was to achieve.
Now the challenge was weaving such an improbable and vulnerable sequence with the late-day window of golden pre-equinox sunlight.
It became an obsession, even moreso after the dream. . . Still not sure I’m completely satisfied... but for now I feel relatively free again! And the top was re-abandoned once again. . . 🧙🏼♂️✨🗿
Ps.. I was able to blow this over with a quick puff of breath on the top rock... causing it to tip as a whole over the bottom point.
Si me levanto temprano,
fresco y curado,
claro y feliz,
y te digo: «voy al bosque
para aliviarme de ti»,
sabe que dentro tengo un tesoro
que me llega a la raíz.
Si luego vuelvo cargado
con muchas flores
y te las pongo en la risa,
en la ternura, en la voz,
es que he mojado en flor mi camisa
para teñir su sudor.
Pero si un día me demoro, no te impacientes,
yo volveré más tarde.
Será que a la más profunda alegría
me habrá seguido la rabia ese día:
la rabia simple del hombre silvestre,
la rabia bomba —la rabia de muerte—,
la rabia imperio asesino de niños,
la rabia se me ha podrido el cariño,
la rabia madre por dios tengo frío,
la rabia es mío —eso es mío, sólo mío—,
la rabia bebo pero no me mojo,
la rabia miedo a perder el manojo,
la rabia hijo zapato de tierra,
la rabia dame o te hago la guerra,
la rabia todo tiene su momento,
la rabia el grito se lo lleva el viento,
la rabia el oro sobre la conciencia,
la rabia —coño— paciencia paciencia.
La rabia es mi vocación.
Si hay días que vuelvo cansado,
sucio de tiempo,
sin para amor,
es que regreso del mundo,
no del bosque, no del sol.
En esos días,
ponte alma nueva
para mi más bella flor. #silviorodriguez#rockbalance#rockbalancing#rockstacking#gravityglue#balance
Today I want to bring some attention to one of my childhood best friends and his art @gravityglue . Not only because it is mind blowing and beautiful, but because of what it can teach us about the human body.
Each of his magnificent balances can be seen as a symbol and representation of the human skeleton. The more difficult balances are the ones that venture furthest from the midline and balance point. In order to balance these deviations, there always needs to be some other place in the structure that deviates to the same degree of mass in the opposite direction. It is simply impossible to have one deviation without an equal and opposite one to balance it.
The beauty in this lesson for us is that the same laws of physics apply to our bodies. It is impossible to have an injury, or an anatomical deviation in one area without the body compensating for it in another. This is why as chiropractors we do not just look at the area you "feel" your symptoms, we look at other areas above or below that may also be involved in your bodies attempt to maintain balance.
Go check out @gravityglue and browse his page. I promise you will be blown away. But also keep in your minds the human body, and I guarantee his art will take another form infront of you. Happy Tuesday and stay balanced!
Greek island beach hobby 2/3. At a different beach on the southern coast, almost all the stones were heavy and rounded, which makes it very difficult to stack them one on top of another. To get more height, you can use 3 smaller stones to make a tripod upon which you lay a larger stone with a flat surface. I learned this trick from other posts here on Instagram! #gravityglue