As a commissioned collaboration between the Versailles estate and Encore Eux, the interiors of some RER C rail line trains, which transport people between Paris and Versailles, have been transformed to echo the grandeur motifs found in the famed royal chateau. From the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette’s music pavilion known as the Belvedere to the royal gardens and library of Louis XIV, the carriages in these reconstructed trains creatively replicate the lavish lifestyle of the excessively embellished architecture and design of the Palace of Versailles with a layer of high-tech plastic film to line the walls.
It’s been over a year since we last checked in on the gravity-defying balanced rock arrangements created by land artist Michael Grab (previously featured here). Much of his most recent work has been created in and around Boulder, Colorado. For Grab, rock balancing is as much a meditative and stress-relieving act as a form of artistic expression.
"The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another.
In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”