Best of Instagram!

We love seeing your photos of our public art on social media. This week we collected some of our favorite shots from instagram to share. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #creativemachines when posting online so we don’t miss any of your awesome photos!

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Flam Chen – The Fisher’s Wish

Flam Chen’s production of The Fisher’s Wish was a marvelous success! We are thrilled that we could provide a venue for such a magical performance. Here are some photos from the event courtesy of Warren Van Nest –

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MOXI’s Grand Opening was a Huge Success!

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is now open! The grand opening was on February 25th and was a huge success! MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation features exhibits that inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to learn new things and challenge their minds. MOXI emphasizes STEAM learning; STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

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TEDxTucson: Breathing Fire

We had a wonderful time hosting TedXTucson’s first salon of the year, Breathing Fire. We were able to provide an intimate setting for an awesome group of artists, entertainers and speakers. The Salon experience gives audience members an opportunity to connect with speakers and other performers while exploring and discussing ideas worth spreading. Here are a few photos from the event-

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Stories Interweave Installed in Aurora, Colorado!

Last week, Stories Interweave, was completely installed under the Colfax Avenue Bridge in Aurora, CO. The 8 brilliantly lit chandelier sculptures were all hung under the bridge so they can be seen glowing at all times of day. After sunset, when the glowing effect is most apparent, it’s easy to read the words and phrases that make up each of the panels. The words are stories gathered from immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers residing in Aurora and describe their personal experiences, but also reflect larger universal themes of change and […]

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MOXI Phase 2 Install!

We’ve just finished another round of install in Santa Barbara, CA for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation! This phase of installation included Sound Machine, a ball machine exhibit inspired by the audiokinetic sculptures of George Rhoads, Handprint Globe, Build it, Test it, Race it, Giant Guitar, Innovation Wall and more. While our rotating installation team is working hard in Santa Barbara, we are wrapping up fabrication on many of the exhibits here in the shop. Many of the exhibits we have left will be shipping in the […]

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Creative Machines is now on Instagram!

Go check out our new Instagram page at www.instagram.com/creativemachines! We’ll be updating it regularly with behind the scenes photos and videos of all of our current projects!

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Creative Machines featured in BizTucson!

Creative Machines has been featured in the Winter 2017 Edition of BizTucson Magazine. The article highlights our newest public art piece, Wings Over Water (Houston, TX) – the driving force behind its creation as well as the process of fabrication and installation. It also includes information about the move to our new building some of our upcoming projects. Pick up your copy at any of the locations listed on their website or check out the online version, here.

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Wings Over Water Complete!

We have been working for over a year on Wings Over Water with Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance and are pleased to announce its completion! The concept for the sculpture was inspired by the theme of migration, which is one of the governing metaphors behind the architectural re-design of the convention center. The connection between avian and human migration reflects Houston’s diverse population. The sculpture features 32 wings that continuously beat creating the sense of progress and movement over the Fountain of the Americas. The fountain will cycle […]

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Stories Interweave Fabrication

We have begun fabrication on Stories Interweave!. This series of sculptures will be permanently installed beneath the Colfax Avenue light rail station in Aurora, CO. Stories Interweave will feature a series of hanging brilliantly lit chandeliers. At night, the pieces will glow brilliantly with color changing LED lights projecting words and patterns onto the underside of the bridge and some of the surrounding walls. The words are stories gathered from immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers residing in Aurora and describe their personal experiences, but also reflect larger universal themes of […]

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Camaraderie Fabrication!

Fabrication on Camaraderie has begun! Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures located at a veteran’s clinic in Palo Alto, CA. The piece was inspired by the strong sense of camaraderie found among the members of the armed forces. The sculpture integrates words collected from veterans to tell their exceptional story of friendship and solidarity. Having companionship and a strong support structure has proved beneficial to the healing process, and our goal was to remind patients of this support by reading the encouraging words of actual veterans. The form […]

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Wings Over Water Install Phase Two

We just wrapped up the second install of Wings Over Water! Our first piece in Houston, in collaboration with Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance, has been in the making since mid 2015. Wings Over Water is a monumental, kinetic sculpture integrated into the Fountain of Americas in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Our installation team: Logan Crouse, Wolfgang Devine and Kim Kwasny did a great job on the installation with the help of many other local Houston companies. This piece has been a collaboration from […]

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Wings Over Water Wing Shipment

Wings Over Water’s 32 wings are all packed up and ready for shipment! Over the last month we have been finishing up the wing fabrication, a two-step process that included the fabrication of the aluminum wings and the attachment of the white Stamisol fabric skins. Our team of designers and fabricators will be traveling back to Houston, TX to continue installing the massive kinetic sculpture in the Fountain of Americas outside the George R. Brown Convention Center. Wings Over Water has been commissioned by Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts […]

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MOXI Exhibits Fabrication Update!

Over the past few months we have been working diligently on the wrap up of fabrication and installation of the 30+ exhibits to be installed in MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. We have a rotating installation team in Santa Barbara while our fabrication team continues fabrication work on the remaining exhibits here at the shop. The new exhibits that are set to fill the new museum will inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to learn new things and challenge their minds. It has been […]

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More Wings Over Water Fabrication Updates

While our install team has been working hard in Houston, our fabrication team has been continuing progress on the individual wings. Each wing is constructed out of stainless steel, aluminum and Stamisol fabric skins. These wings will move in a smooth and natural movement across the top of the sculpture. Once the wings have been finished, we will be sending them along with the spine to Houston for the final installation. Wings Over Water has been commissioned by Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance; it is being installed within […]

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Wings Over Water Install Phase One

The first phase of the Wings Over Water installation has finished in Houston, TX! With the help of Houston First Corporation, Houston Arts Alliance, and the George R. Brown Convention Center, we are able to create Wings Over Water, one of our largest projects to date. During this first phase, we installed the sculpture’s motor, helix, and side supports. Our installation team: Logan Crouse, Christer Dreisbach, and Kim Kwasny worked in Houston for the last 2 weeks to ensure the successful completion of Phase One. Phase Two will happen in […]

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MOXI Sound Machine Fabrication Updates

Our team of Ball Machine fabricators have been working hard to create a one of a kind Ball Machine Sculpture for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara. Sound Machine will feature a variety of classic ball machine devices in addition to an interactive crank that guests of the museum can spin, consequently controlling the movement of the balls on one of the many tracks. Of course Sound Machine wouldn’t be complete without a few sound producing elements. The completed sculpture will include chimes, bells and […]

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First Round of Exhibits Installed!

We just finished installing some of our new exhibits into MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Innovation + Exploration! We had a great installation team out there for one week to install the first phase of exhibits. We are currently continuing the detail design and fabrication in Tucson and will be shipping more exhibits to Santa Barbara within the next month. The first phase installation team included Ty Augsburger, Alex Dittrich, Josh Gill, Eric Gustafson, Soroosh Hedayati, David Irving, Sam Kolb and Kate Psyk.

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Wings Over Water is Headed to Houston!

It’s time to begin installing Wings Over Water, the massive kinetic sculpture designed and fabricated for Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance. The wings lining the top of the sculpture span 70ft, and the artwork was designed to sit inside an equally monumental fountain outside of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Because of the sculpture’s size and complexity, we will be completing the installation in two phases. Phase One will include the installation of the motor, helix, and side supports in preparation for the fountain […]

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