Balance is the art of distributing of visual weight of objects in a space. It is a wonderful art to master as it can create fascinating scenes. Of course, you must possess some knowledge on physics in order to understand how it work if at all you are planning to become a balancing artist.
Nam Seok aka Rocky Byun is a such artist who has gained an enormous popularity across the globe. He is based in Tancheon, South Korea and performs his art all over the world. He is possessing an unbelievable skill of balancing anything like rocks, vases, eggs, timbers, teapots, bikes, people sitting on chairs, electronic gadgets. You name it, and he can balance it!
The secret behind his success of balancing objects is the recognizing the Center of Gravity (CoG) of the object. According to him, once you identify where the CoG of any object lies, it as a simple task to balance it. However, you need to practice a lot and gain experience to do this. It is obvious that you can’t become like him overnight.
Byun with his deep understanding of physics and a zen-like approach to his work, has found balance in his art and in life. It took more than a decade of practice for Byun to understand the physics and identify correctly where the CoG lies in any object. He claims that most difficult part of his art is identifying the CoG of an object. Some says, beside physics, he has practiced Zen Buddhism to keep his mental state calm while he is performing.
The meditation techniques taught in Zen Buddhism can calm the mind and concentrate your thoughts to a one point. As I see, not only physics, but Zen Buddhism also has become an aid for Rocky Byun to perform his art. He is a career balancing artist and there are few other such artist emerging from other parts of the world keeping him as their mentor.