Rolling Ball Sculpture is proud to announce my involvement in this promotion for Blizzard, the Hearthstone card game, new card pack release: The Boomsday Project.
This was a terrific collaboration project to be a part of. I was responsible for the construction of the tracks for the two steel balls, the ball lift, and the tracks for the giant flaming tennis ball. Plus many other little odds and ends of welding magic where needed. I was part of a 4 man team to complete this magical machine.
I have always loved things that move – being fascinated with anything mechanical. Finding a closed system that continued to operate was the ultimate joy. For me, that turned out to be the creek by my house. I spend most of my childhood walking up and downstream with my dog, Hershey. (yes, she was brown). I was always drawn to the flow of the water and how it shaped the land it flowed through.
I got started making RBS’s with a toy that was given to me by my brother, Larry. It was a “Spacewarp” – it was basically a manufactured rolling ball sculpture. You could make your own model or follow the plans included. I built it as intended exploring the fun and challenge of controlling inertia, gravity, potential and kinetic energy. In short it was the most awesome toy I’d yet had in my life. Little did I know it would change my lift forever. Thanks, Larry!
Now I get the honor and fun of making my own RBS. All of my kinetic ball sculptures are unique and completely hand crafted. I spend many hours bending each 1/8″ piece of rod into curves and swerves by hand, then making precise and durable welds. The stainless steel construction is strong, and will not rust or tarnish. I bank nearly all of my corners without using guardrails (unless necessary) to keep the balls on the track. This keeps the sculpture uncluttered with unnecessary wire and makes it fun to look at when not operating and imagining the ball rolling through the corners or loop d’ loops without the ball falling off. Sure… They do look really cool… but where would you use one? Good Question.
These Marble Runs are a great addition to many different situations. They are used in waiting areas… Give your customers something to watch while waiting. They are popular in hospitals, lawyers offices, businesses, restaurants and even libraries.. They are also great for Trade Shows and Exploration Museums! Anywhere you want peoples’ attention, or need someone entertained! If your customers sometimes have to cool their heels, then these kinetic sculptures are just the thing you need to keep their attention away from how long they’ve been waiting. A marble run also provides great background noise. A perfect way to keep conversations private if you happen to have thin walls, or cubicles that don’t block sound well. The marbles on track provides nice white noise that is very effective, drawing attention to the marbles rolling on the tracks, through tipping arms and assorted elements, around spirals and back up the lift.
If you are purchasing for a business, company, as a gift, or need/want personalization of any kind, I can spell out your business name or personal name in wire. These kinetic sculptures would be a wonderful addition to any waiting room or setting where one can come and watch. Rolling ball sculptures really draw the attention of kids, and their parents too.
The sense of wonder will be remembered, and they will want to come again and again to see it. I make 3 basic styles:
Medium & Large Floor Standing
All of my Marble Run’s are custom, so please get creative! Most of my pieces have been commissioned, so they are each unique to the individual buyer. If you see something that you think would be neat, let me know so I can create it for you. You can design and have any size or shape you envision. I am open to all of your input and inspiration! I’ve posted a lot of videos and pictures here, and if you want more, visit my YouTube channel!
Watch with wonder as the mesmerizing movement of colored marbles cycle through, and change patterns within these ever moving sculptures. Having a motorized, automatic marble lift gives these sculptures a heart beat. This is Rolling Ball Sculpture and Marble Run wall art! The ball-lift’s mechanical energy is transferred to a rhythmic and synchronized, yet scattered and chaotic colorful mix of moving marbles. The effect makes tracking marbles more fun and entertaining! This is what kinetic art is supposed to be. Rolling Ball Machine, simply put, is a Marble Run made just for a rolling ball. A two rail track twists and turns its way around, through, under and sometimes over any number of elements and surprises. The marble is the only power needed to motivate and animate these fun, living, pulsing pieces of kinetic wire art Rolling Ball Machines. I’ve filled this site with all kinds of goodies for you to check out. If you want to see more, and see all of my current work when uploaded to the internet, then – subscribe to my YouTube Channel!