The concept of the center of mass is a notion that is very useful in physics, but it can also be applied in disciplines ranging from sports to art to achieve stunning performances and effects. In the popular realm, an often used application of the center of mass principle is the balancing of objects at sites of their geometry where this would seem impossible. In the video below I demonstrate how you can use the center of mass principle to balance a soda can on its edge!
An amazing performance based on the center of mass principle! The physical strength and dexterity necessary to hold up all those palm leaf ribs without dropping them is impressive, but equally impressive is his choice of all the right points to balance them. The artist is Maedir Eugster, and he has been performing this Sanddornbalance (Sallow Thorn Balance) since 1999.