Cathedral Coaster Fabrication Update

The ball machine crew has been busy putting together our newest kinetic rolling ball sculpture, Cathedral Coaster, for American Memorial Hospital in Reims, France. The kinetic sculpture will feature a variety of devices, including hammer-bells, loop-de-loops, ball lifters, swinging-birds and spiral helixes. Here are some photos from the ball machine fabrication shop of this whimsical sculpture coming together! Check out the last blog post about this project HERE.

Cathedral Coaster Ball Machine Fabrication Begins

Our Cathedral Coaster Ball Machine is in production! This new rolling ball sculpture was commissioned by American Memorial Hospital, a hospital located in Reims, France that specializes in pediatric medicine. This kinetic machine celebrates the rich history of the region with a depiction of Reims Cathedral integrated into the structure among many other whimsical elements. Here are some photos of the first stages of this kinetic ball machine coming together.

Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus Fabrication Progress

We’ve been working for a few months now on a new ball machine called Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus. This new ball machine features many new devices as well as site specific miniatures that reference real buildings and landmarks that can be found throughout Stanford. The balls travel through the machine as students travel across the campus; as visitors watch, the ball travels past Hoover Tower, the Bing Concert Hall, the Stanford Stadium and more. We hope this new machine will excite viewers of all ages and provide them with […]

Growing Home in progress!

We have started fabrication on our new project Growing Home ! Growing Home is a sculpture group is reminiscent of a scene that people find at the beach. A monumental shell sculpture at the center surrounded by enlarged beach pebbles works together to form a welcoming place for visitors to meet or sit in small groups. The shell sculpture is perforated with text that tells the history of San Diego. The text is arranged in bands that spiral down the shell in the same was that a shell grows from […]

Sprouts Prepares to Ship!

If you’ve been following our progress on Sprouts you’ll be happy to learn that it is leaving our workshop to be installed in its home at Phoenix Children’s Hospital! Sprouts is a series of perforated, curvilinear sculptures that reference the form of a plant shoot or sprout, but at a monumental scale. Check out our past posts (Update 1 & Update 2) about Sprout’s fabrication, and stay tuned for photos on the installation & finished work!  

Earth’s Blanket Installed!

We recently completed Earth’s Blanket, a series composed of a powder coated stainless steel and aluminum support structure, illuminated acrylic hemispheres and custom electronics! The molecules are arranged around the Colorado State University Chemistry Building and Science Quad in an array that invites exploration and socialization. This small series includes six interactive sculptures that represent important small molecules: water, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and freon-12. Look back on our fabrication process over the last few months by visiting our other Earth’s Blanket focused blog posts Earth’s Blanket Fabrication.

Camaraderie Testing!

After Camaraderie finished metal fabrication, the sculptures were moved over to our shop to begin testing! Our electronics team has been continuously testing the lights while the our fabrication team prepares the sculptures for shipment. Camaraderie will be installed at a veteran’s clinic in Palo Alto, CA in early 2018. 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.

Installing Convergence!

Last week, we had a small team of Creative Machines members installing Convergence! Convergence features 7 giant steel ribbons that hang within the Iowa Seaman’s Center atrium. Convergence is an artwork exploring the language of engineering meant specifically to engage engineers. The piece invites students and the general public to decipher the piece searching for equations they know and wondering about the equations they don’t. As a student moves through their degree program, they will begin to recognize new equations making Convergence a piece that they can return to time […]

Earth’s Blanket Fabrication

Earth’s Blanket continues fabrication! Similar to the construction of Latent Energy, Earth’s Blanket is composed of a powder coated stainless steel and aluminum support structure, illuminated acrylic hemispheres and custom electronics. This small series includes six interactive sculptures that represent important small molecules: water, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and freon-12.The molecules are arranged around the Colorado State University Chemistry Building and Science Quad in an array that invites exploration and socialization.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Flowers Fabrication

We’re currently working on the fabrication of Flowers, a new installation for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In addition to Sprouts, we are planning on installing these whimsical flower and propeller inspired shapes at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital this fall. There are about 30 flowers total placed within 4 alcoves throughout the hospital. Each flower is composed of vibrantly colored acrylic panels that will stand out in each of their alcoves and are meant to transform the hospital into a welcoming environment for people of all ages. Check out photos of […]

Sprouts Fabrication

We are in the process of creating a series of sculptures for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Sprouts is a series of perforated, curvilinear sculptures that reference the form of a plant shoot or sprout, but at a monumental scale. The field of sculptures creates an abstract yet referential environment that invites people to interact with the piece by moving in and around it. The subtle perforation is made up of different sized circles, rotated and skewed slightly to provide the illusion of small water droplets hitting the […]

Convergence Fabrication

Convergence is a three-dimensional array of engineering equations cut out of steel ribbons designed for the Seamans Center South Annex at the University of Iowa. The sculpture is currently being fabricated with the help of our friends at Willis Metalcrafts. The goal for the sculpture is to create a monument to engineering that abstractly visualizes the process of thinking. Each ribbon depicts a series of equations moving through space akin to a student working through these ideas in their mind. From a distance, the sculpture will appear to be a […]

Latent Energy Fabrication Update

Our fabrication team is still working hard on Latent Energy, the public art piece designed for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The individual molecules have taken shape and are now being attached to large vertical beams. The height of the sculpture will create a monumental experience for the students and faculty of Sam Houston State University. The next step of fabrication will be powder coating the stainless steel frame. Check back for more photos as we make progress on Latent Energy!

Latent Energy Fabrication

We have begun fabrication on Latent Energy! This sculpture will be permanently installed in front of the brand new Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center located at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The new center marks the main entrance to the west side of SHSU. The sculpture will be made up of many acrylic spheres held together in a steel frame. The forms will represent molecules rising out of the ground. Our goal for this piece is to draw attention to the celebrated new facilities while creating an iconic gateway to the […]

Latent Energy Prototype

We are very excited to announce a new public art sculpture we are designing for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The piece will be installed outside the new Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center located at the west entrance of the campus. The center will house new facilities for the Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences. Our goal was to design a work of art that celebrates The Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center and SHSU’s signature programs while also creating an iconic entry point to the SHSU campus. […]

Din Don Restoration Update

Our ball machine team has been busy meticulously cleaning, repairing and reconstructing Din Don, a monumental ball machine sculpture from Kobe, Japan made by famed kinetic artist George Rhodes in 1992. Once the restoration is complete, the sculpture will again be disassembled, crated, and then make its way back to Kobe Harborland with Creative Machine’s ball machine team. From there, they will piece the sculpture back together and get it ready to bring joy and wonder back into the lives of those who visit Kobe Harborland for years to come! […]

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