About Stephen Jendro Design

Carnation, WA, USA

I have been making these very special kinetic gizmos for over 20 years. Each motorized sculpture takes 50 to 200 hours to complete. They are the most fun ever to design and build, and they fascinate and mesmerize people.

A good friend and fellow rolling ball sculpture builder interviewed me recently - so you can read more about the life of an artist (me) in Tom Harold's blog.

And here are a few questions and answers:

A very unique Column lift style rolling ball sculpture.

A very unique Column lift style rolling ball sculpture.

How did you get started?

I have been dreaming of making rolling ball sculptures (rbs) since the age of 10. My uncle had a non-motorized rolling ball sculpture, and I was fascinated, playing with it for days. I can still remember the path the balls took along their way, the sound they made, wondering how it was made, why it was made, and who could have thought of it ...

Later, I saw more elaborate, motorized rolling ball sculptures at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. I was astounded that someone could make such a magically satisfying creation. People would stop and watch, mesmerized - for the past 15 years I have worked toward building my own magically satisfying creations. 

How do you make these?

Here is a list of what goes into building these puppies: art design, kinetic art, architecture, metallurgy, blacksmithing, industrial safety, welding, electrical design, physics, mechanical engineering, storytelling, Web design, marketing, photography, technical writing, amusement park rides, woodworking, Zen and Buddhism. 

The sculptures are imagined, drawn, hand cut and hand bent using stainless steel rods and TIG welding. 

How do I get one for my home?

Contact me for more details.

Can I make them myself?

Quite possibly, if the will is strong. See the Yahoo rolling ball sculpture group: all you need to know is in the 1000+ posts.

Why do I hear birds in your videos?

I have a lot of parrots at my studio - they talk and sing to me while I work!