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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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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