I'm a big fan of rock balancing, the art of positioning rocks, both large and small, in such a way that they bend the perception of what's possible. A well-balanced stack of stones is as unique as any snowflake and requires an almost-mystical understanding of placement and weight on the part of the artist doing the stacking.

Boing Boing writer Mark Frauenfelder found video of stone artist Mike Grab at work balancing stones in Boulder, Colorado's Boulder Creek after he saw Grab's work while picnicking nearby. Check out the artist at work.

Another artist, Scott Hocking, also works in stone but doesn't focus specifically on balanced rocks. Hocking likes to meld his work with the Detroit landscape, often of the bleak and abandoned variety. This work was done on the sixth floor of Michigan Central Station, now being renovated, and was found by Reddit user DrGonzo927.


 Photo credit: Reddit user DrGonzo927

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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

The art of balancing a rock 8/29/2011
Stone artists harness the gravity of rocks to create mind-bending works of art.