Drawing Inspiration from Kyle’s Kinetics: Crafting My Own Kinetic Sculpture

Drawing Inspiration from Kyle’s Kinetics: Crafting My Own Kinetic Sculpture

Nick Olguin

Kyle Auga of Kyle's Kinetics balances one of this metal sculptures on his finger

Kyle Auga owner of Kyle’s Kinetics

In the realm of kinetic sculpture, where metal meets motion, lies a world of endless creativity and boundless inspiration. As an avid admirer of Kyle Auga’s mesmerizing balancing sculptures, I find myself captivated by the fluidity and elegance of his creations. Kyle’s journey from novice to master artisan serves as a beacon of inspiration, guiding me on my own path towards crafting dynamic kinetic sculptures. As an engineer with a penchant for manufacturing and welding, I find myself drawn to the dynamic sculptures that echo the harmonious marriage of these elements.

Personal Aesthetic:

My personal aesthetic is a reflection of my admiration for minimalism and rugged industrial elements, infused with the captivating dynamism of metal balancing sculptures. These sculptures, characterized by their precarious balance and fluid movement, inspire me to explore the interplay between stability and motion in my own creations. By incorporating elements of metal balancing into my work, I aim to evoke a sense of tension and equilibrium that adds depth and intrigue to the viewer’s experience.

Kyle’s Kinetics Balancing Sculptures

Inspirations from 20th Century Design Movements:

My aesthetic draws inspiration from several major design movements of the 20th century, each contributing to the evolution of dynamic sculptural art:

  1. Cubism: The fragmented and multidimensional nature of Cubist art resonates with the dynamic sculptures I admire. Cubism’s emphasis on depicting multiple perspectives simultaneously mirrors the intricate layers of movement captured in welded sculptures, as well as the dynamic equilibrium achieved in metal balancing sculptures.
  2. Abstract Expressionism: The expressive and emotive qualities of Abstract Expressionist artworks echo in dynamic sculptures that seek to evoke strong emotions and convey a sense of vitality. Abstract Expressionism’s focus on spontaneous expression aligns with the fluidity and energy inherent in metal balancing sculptures.
  3. Industrial Design: Rooted in functionality and efficiency, industrial design influences my aesthetic by emphasizing clean lines, geometric forms, and the use of materials such as steel and metal alloys. This utilitarian approach imbues dynamic sculptures with a sense of purpose and rugged elegance, echoing the raw beauty of metal balancing sculptures.

Experiences Shaping My Aesthetic:

My aesthetic is deeply influenced by my experiences growing up surrounded by machinery, architecture, and urban landscapes, as well as my exploration of welding and metalworking. The sight of welded structures and metal balancing sculptures instilled in me an appreciation for the beauty of industrial materials and craftsmanship, as well as the dynamic interplay between form and function.

Hole-in-One sculpture by Kyle’s Kinetics

Moreover, my fascination with metal balancing sculptures, such as those created by Kyle’s Kinetics, has sparked a newfound appreciation for the delicate balance between stability and motion. These sculptures, with their mesmerizing movements and intricate designs, have inspired me to explore new ways of incorporating dynamic elements into my own work, pushing the boundaries of traditional sculpture and challenging the viewer’s perception of space and form.

Discovering the Art of Balance:

My fascination with kinetic sculpture began with a chance encounter with Kyle’s work. His ability to seamlessly blend artistry with engineering. These sculptures, with their mesmerizing movements and intricate designs, have inspired me to explore new ways of incorporating dynamic elements into my own work, pushing the boundaries of traditional sculpture and challenging the viewer’s perception of space and form. I am going to embark on a journey to explore the intricacies of kinetic art.

Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone:

While my main project often aligns with my established aesthetic, I am eager to push the boundaries and explore new creative territories. Venturing outside my comfort zone allows me to challenge preconceived notions, experiment with different techniques, and expand my artistic repertoire.

Muscle-Bound Balancing Bro by Kyle’s Kinetics

Translating Inspiration into Action:

As I embark on the creation of my own kinetic sculpture, I am inspired by Kyle’s emphasis on experimentation and perseverance. Drawing upon his techniques and design principles, I aim to craft a sculpture that embodies both beauty and functionality. From sketching initial concepts to refining intricate details, every step of the process is infused with the spirit of innovation and exploration.

Looking Towards the Future:

As I work towards bringing my vision to life, I am excited by the possibilities that lie ahead. While Kyle’s work serves as a source of inspiration, I am eager to carve out my own niche within the world of kinetic sculpture. By embracing creativity, I am confident that my own kinetic sculptures will resonate with viewers and inspire a sense of wonder and awe.

Kyle Auga’s pioneering work in the field of kinetic sculpture serves as a guiding light for aspiring artists like myself. His dedication to craftsmanship, experimentation, and innovation inspires me to push the boundaries of my own creativity and embark on a journey of self-discovery through the art of kinetic sculpture.


I highly encourage you to take a look at Kyles other work. His socials and website will be below.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@KylesKinetics/videos

Website: https://kyleskinetics.com/shop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fkyles_kinetics%2F

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kyles_kinetics

Decker, Ivy. “Makers 1-on-1: Kyle Auga – Kyle’s Kinetics Metal Balancing Sculptures.” Anthony Thomas Blog, 25 Jan. 2019, blog.anthonythomas.com/makers-1-on-1-kyle-auga-kyles-kinetics-metal-balancing-sculptures.


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  • Maddox Mitchell
    March 4, 2024 9:13 am

    Hey Nick, I love this idea and the aesthetic choice for your project Idea is awesome. I love the golf idea and their color choice for the video. Do you think you may add color for your project that aligns with your aesthetic? I wonder if our manufacturing class will be useful for this project and the sand casting we did.

  • Brandon Phillips
    March 3, 2024 8:45 pm

    Hi Nick, these kinetic sculptures seem to really match the aesthetic you’re going for and would be awesome to see completed. What would your sculpture be about, would it be something personal to you? What factors go into designing the perfect center of mass to balance the sculptures, and how would you create the sculpture, would it be through metal casting?


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