Hospital Sculptures A Moving Experience

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At the intersection of engineering and physics, creativity takes over. "This is just brand new, isn't it?” asked a woman.

"I put it out the first of the month. I've been watching that ball all day and it's getting slower and slower." Welcome to Eddie Boes’ mind, the company behind this sculpture on the second floor of the Specialty Pediatric Center.

"This is crazy." On this day, Adam Eich came to the clinic for an allergy shot. "I can't believe they don't fall off." He left inspired. “In sixth-grade, I was on my robotics team and we went to different competitions in Nebraska."

"What do you like most about this track as they go by?” asked Eddie. “I like how they bounce," said Adam.

"Yeah, the bounce," said Eddie. Little did he know the guy who designed it was sitting right next to him. "That's one of the intricacies of these sculptures, they sort of take on a life of their own after awhile. You want to be an engineer?"

"Yeah,” responded a youngster.

A donor had seen Eddie work. He's done around 20 of these, all different to fit the space and aesthetics. The donor approached Children's Foundation to see if it could be a fit in this space.

"I come here to check to see that the balls roll well and that the surfaces are holding up well,” said Eddie. It took him close to four months to put it together, stainless steel and hand welded. "Everything in there is bent with my hands and thumbs."

"Today was really the first day I got to come down and watch kids look at the sculpture. The reaction from children is jubilation and screaming and running around trying to follow the balls."

The big ones are filled with water. "The little ones scream through the loop-to-loops." Some even catch air. "It will hit that jump." And it's not always perfect. "Every once in awhile the ball will bounce out of the basket and miss."

That's okay. There are clear plastic panes in there to funnel any misguided ones back on track. "It's really rewarding for me." Eddie believes his rolling ball sculptures can be used to pacify or educate young people. "I'm glad you're interested in engineering."

Eddie formed the Indiana Company 10 years ago. He has to check out his creations from time to time because some of the rolling balls will become faster or slower over time and he needs to adjust the track for the changes.