MOXI Shipment

The first round of exhibits for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation are packed and ready to ship to Santa Barbara. Our installation team will meet the truck next week at the site to unload the exhibits included on this first phase of installation. We are finishing up design and fabrication of the remaining exhibits to be sent sometime later this month.

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Newton’s Daydream Has Been Installed!

The newly restored Newton’s Daydream has been installed in The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ball machine sculpture was originally created in 2005 by artist, George Rhoads. It is located inside the Planetarium’s main lobby and has become a focal point for all visitors. The two story audiokinetic sculpture features an intricate maze of moving balls with many classic devices such as the Climber, Wraparound, and Spinner. The ball machine also includes an interactive wheel where visitors can change the pathway of the balls causing them to […]

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Summer Fantasy Installed

The latest Summer Fantasy Ball Machine Sculpture in our Limited Edition series was installed last week at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. We worked closely with Distinctive Art Source to incorporate the ball machine enclosure into the recently expanded hospital. Summer Fantasy includes many classic devices such as Randomizing Pendulums, a Hammer Chime, a Bounce & Catch, and 2 Hammer Bells. Limited Edition Ball Machine Sculptures can be freestanding, placed on a table top or mounted in an enclosure. Summer Fantasy livens the space and creates a welcoming environment […]

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Wings Over Water Fabrication Update

Creative Machines was selected to design and fabricate a monumental kinetic sculpture that will be integrated into the Fountain of Americas outside of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. This piece, Wings Over Water, was commissioned by Houston First Corporation in collaboration with Houston Arts Alliance. 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 but also the idea that people […]

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Acacia Elementary Field Trip

Earlier this week a group of students from Acacia Elementary came to Creative Machines for a field trip. The kids had a fun filled morning testing out exhibits and learning about our fabrication processes. The day began with a tour of the exhibits that are currently being fabricated for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Director of Exhibits, Ty Augsburger, and Electronics Department Manager, David Irving, demonstrated a number of exhibits for the students including Ring Launcher, Hangtime, Wind Column, Walk Leap Jump, White Water, Handprint Globe, Light […]

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Newton’s Daydream Has Shipped!

Newton’s Daydream is all packed up and ready to be shipped back to its home at The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. We recently restored the audiokinetic sculpture by adding rings of LED lights to the overhead track. The glowing rings are equipped with blue led lights, is motion sensored and will be activated by balls as they glide along the track. These lighting effects echo those of comets traveling through space and creates a captivating light show on the ceiling of the planetarium’s lobby. The restoration project […]

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MOXI Updates

We are still hard at work creating fun and engaging exhibits for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. MOXI is currently being built in Santa Barbara, CA and is set to open early 2017. Under the direction of Ty Augsburger, our key team of exhibit designers, Josh Gill, Kat Hewey, and Kate Psych have been working vigorously alongside our exceptional electronics team, led by David Irving. The 37 exhibits that are set to fill the new museum will inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to […]

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Award for Excellence!

We are excited to announce that we were recently presented with the Award for Excellence in Global Business by the Arizona District Export Council and the U.S. Commercial Service. The Arizona Technology Council made it a night to remember by hosting an After5 Tech Mixer right here in our shop. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!

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Newton’s Daydream Fabrication Update

Newton’s Daydream, built by George Rhoads in 2005, is a 30-foot, audio kinetic ball sculpture at the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The sculpture is located on the stairway in the planetarium’s main lobby and is a focal point for all visitors. The artwork spans two stories allowing visitors to explore its intricate maze of track from two vantage points. The piece contains approximately 300’ of track and even covers the ceiling with a swirling path meandering around seven illuminated planet-like spheres. We are currently working on some […]

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Fabricating Exhibits for MOXI!

We are working hard on an exciting new museum project currently being built in Santa Barbara, CA. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation will be filled with interactive exhibits that challenge visitors to learn new things by exploring science and creativity. We are in the midst of detailing and fabricating over 37 exhibits. Ty Augsburger, Director of Exhibits, has been overseeing the management of the entire project. Our key exhibit designers, Josh Gill, Kat Hewey, and Kate Psych have been working diligently on engineering designs and prepping fabrication […]

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Puzzle Wall at ASCO!

We partnered with Navicor and Amgen to create an interactive and informative exhibit for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. TVEC Puzzle Wall was created to elevate awareness about the cancer immunity cycle in melanoma. The exhibit focuses on the first three stages of the immunity cycle; antigen release, antigen presentation, and T-cell priming, activation, and memory generation. It also depicts the last four stages; migration, infiltration, recognition, and cell death. The exhibit features a magnetic interactive wall which represents a lymph node, […]

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MOXI Visit

In the spirit of exploration we invited a group of children to our shop to test out some of the exhibits we are currently fabricating for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. The children, as well as our designers, had a blast investigating the many exhibits in production. It was exciting to see how interactivity ignites learning and creativity in young minds. Some of the exhibits on display included, Build it Test it Race it, Color Mixing Machine, Handprint Globe, Hangtime, Light and Shadow, Light Patterns, Magnetic Island, […]

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As Above, So Below installed in Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

The Four Seasons is Abu Dhabi’s newest and most exciting luxury hotel. Set on Abu Dhabi’s waterfront in a dynamic and walkable urban environment, the hotel also features our latest sculpture series As Above, So Below. The five pointed star is decorated with what appears to be a straightforward floral arabesque inspired by islamic calligraphy. But, the ‘vines’ are created using conic sections – ellipses, parabolas and spirals – the sort of pathways that stars and other bodies in space would take when guided only by gravity and their own […]

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As Above, So Below Fabrication & Shipping

As Above, So Below is our most recent art series featuring 2 five-pointed stars to be installed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Abu Dhabi! Each sculpture contains hundreds of tiny point source lights that will be placed within each of the five points to project the calligraphic patterns onto the surrounding area. We recently finished testing and placing the light structures in the stars to make sure everything is perfectly ready for installation. Currently, we’re in the process of packing up the sculptures and preparing them for shipment to […]

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Small Talk About the Weather featured in OKC Artscapes

Joe O’Connell recently went to an opening event for our newest piece, Small Talk About the Weather! Many people came to visit the sculpture that now drapes one of the pedestrian corridors of the Art’s District parking garage. Throughout the day, Joe had the opportunity to walk around and talk to visitors about the piece; he also sat down with a small team to discuss the inspiration and concept behind the piece. “When our team visited Oklahoma City, we were struck by how often people greeted one another with a […]

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Small Talk About the Weather Installed!

We have finally installed Small Talk About the Weather! Small Talk About the Weather is a touchstone for the communal sharing of life’s experiences. This artwork consists of graceful organic geometries that flow and curve along the length of the pedestrian corridor ceiling. The luminous bands, inspired by doppler radar data, give the impression of abstract weather patterns energetically glowing overhead and also offer an attractive contrast to the rectilinear geometries of the concourse. As people walk through the corridor they will experience a visual representation of Oklahoma City’s weather […]

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Living Tree at Spark!

Last week, we sent Eric Gustafson and Logan Crouse to Mesa, Arizona for the Spark! Festival for Creativity to install one of our temporary projects, Living Tree. We covered some of the local trees in beautiful color changing LED lights and incorporated an interactive panel that allows visitors to control the lighting and emit playful sounds. At the Spark! Festival, visitors were able to press buttons on the control panel in front of the tree to simultaneously control the sculpture’s lighting and play different sounds.The trees came alive, dancing along […]

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Installing in OKC

Creative Machines team members Kim Kwasny, Chris Dreisbach and Taylor Haynes went out to Oklahoma City to install Small Talk About the Weather. This installation will be complete and ready for the public by the end of the week! You can find more information on Small Talk About the Weather in our Sculpture section, or by clicking here.

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We’re Moving!

Creative Machines is moving! As our business has grown over the past year, so have our ambitions to create even larger and more interesting interactive exhibits and sculptures. We’re currently working on some of our biggest projects to date and running out of space. The pictures below show our new space: 8 acre yard, 66,000 square feet enclosed, 5 gantry cranes, clear spans up to 50 feet high. We will be holding a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony once we’ve completed all of the renovations and finished moving in. We’re […]

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Stories Interweave Full Scale Mockup

We created a full scale mock up for our public art piece, Stories Interweave. The artwork will be permanently installed beneath the Colfax Avenue light rail station in Aurora, CO. Stories Interweave will feature a series of hanging chandeliers. During the day, the sculptures will be powder coated vibrant colors. 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 […]

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