A Rocky Balancing Act of Bill Dan
Now getting back to our weekly updates. Have you ever played the balancing blocks game of Jenga?
If you have then you wouldn’t want to challenge American artist Bill Dan in Jenga because he has a very steady hand, enough to balance rocks and stones of any sizes on top of each other to create a unique piece of artwork. Fractal Enlightenment got an exclusive e-mail interview with the man himself, he told us about the process of balancing rocks and how difficult it is for people to understand this art until they actually see him perform live.
It sounds simple but at the same time its not easy as it seems. Dan balances rocks of almost any size and some are even balanced right at the edge of another rock. Dan explained, “The only KEY to the process is basically ‘connection’ – if the connection is right between the rocks, then it is on. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the contact point is. We can apply the process on our way of thinking about anything else in life, if the connection is right, then it is on.” Dan feels that its not easy to explain convincingly to somebody the art of balancing rocks when he has already taken it to a higher level. “I understand the perception about my art, mostly negative, since it is unusual – very new to some people to comprehend the style, the form, the uniqueness, etc,” said Dan. His gravity-defying work is for real, without using any kind of adhesive or glue. Let’s see Dan doing the balancing act in the video below. He often performs live in front of audiences in San Francisco’s Sausalito area
Not just rocks, Dan has also balanced glasses. And also a pair of shoes.
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