James McNabb, a Pennsylvania student and artist, found the inspiration for his career whilst working with a band-saw. As the spliters and scraps of his wood whittled away, he could see the beginnings of large-scale ideas for artwork. Since then, James McNabb and company have created three series of sculptures: City, Laser and Classic - each more developed and ambitious than the last.
Michael Grab of Colorado spends his time making rocks stack on rocks, no glue involved. Since learning and honing the meditative craft of "stone balancing", Grab has gone on to do many installations over the years. He defends his hobby by claiming that ancient cultures worldwide have been practicing it for centuries, and that the art form is calming and therapeutic. So next time you're having an ADD-centered nervous breakdown because you can't find your iPad, don't send a bill to your therapist - go defy some basic laws of physics.
Right? At least, that's the concept behind The Crouching Tiger and Turtle, designed by sculptors Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter. Located in Duisberg, Germany, the giant structure is meant to help visitors get an unusual view of the city. It's an interesting alternative for people who hate speed but who love...climbing the stairs? However, like real roller coaster, some of the loops are upside–down, and therefore inaccessible to even the most intrepid climbers. The Crouching Tiger and Turtle is cool to look at, but would you try it?