Were having a hard time deciding whether Michael Grab is an artist or a magician, because he creates stunning structure from finely balanced rocks that seem to defy the law of physics. These seemingly impossible structures require intense concentration and meditative focus. In the video below, Grab spends several minutes nearly frozen, making tiny adjustments until he gets all of the rocks centers of gravity just right. Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design, writes Grab in his artist statement.
Gougane Barra is a settlement to the west of Cork, close to Macroom.
It’s one of the tourist attractions the southern part of Ireland. The name comes from Saint Finbarr who built a monastery on a small island in the nearby lake during the 6th century. It’s said that the current ruins were build by priest Denis O’Mahony around 1700. Gougane Barra was a safe place for Roman Catholics to celebrate during the penal laws.
The area is home to 1.42 square kilometre (138 hectare) forest park, with 20 different species of trees. The afforestation started in 1938, and today, it’s one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Ireland.
A YouTube video from different positions in the location:
A flickr photo album from the location:
I proposed walking path of 6.73 kilometres.