Published: March 1, 2016

Michael Grab is a stone balancer in Boulder.

For Michael Grab (Soc’07), balancing stones is a meditative act. He practices at least three to five hours a day — even in winter — mostly in Boulder, often in moving water. Only strong winds keep him away. 

“It’s such a routine at this point that I don’t feel comfortable unless I do it,” says Grab, 30, who is self-taught and refers to himself as a land artist and a photographer.

It’s more than a hobby. Grab has given live stone-balancing performances at a private party during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, at a classical music festival in Stockholm, Sweden, and at a music and art festival in the Netherlands. He also published a book, Gravity: Arts of Rock Balancing, in Japan in 2014.

“It’s a universal art form,” says Grab, shown here with a fall 2015 creation. “All you need are rocks and gravity.”

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Photo courtesy Michael Grab