DICK ESTERLE is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, Space Chips and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.
Dick Esterle's work responds to environment through the exploration of form and space through color, light and spatial structure; incorporating the object in space and space as object dyad. While geometric principle inform his work, it is not necessarily the focus or ending point for the work. That is, it supports the ideas that each work requires. In public installation the work responds to the surrounding geometries and personal insights of the space bringing new perspectives to both. The playfulness associated with the joy of discovery and intrinsic interplay of geometries and color adds a lightness to the work while being supported by a strong theoretical underpinning.