Creative Machines Featured on AZ Weekend!

We have been featured by KOLD News 13‘s Arizona Weekend blog! Thanks so much for coming down to shop and learning about what we do and sharing our story with the community and beyond. Here is the video they made after visiting our workshop in south Tucson and talking with Creative Machines Founder, President, and Artistic Director Joe O’Connell.  ⭐️ See the full article here → This inventive Tucson business is an engineer’s paradise

Creative Machines Surplus Sale March 23-24

Hey, Tucson! Creative Machines is having a surplus sale this weekend March 23-24th during the Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Air Show! ✈️ Come on down to our shop between 10a-5p and enjoy the show while browsing the unique items we have available for the public! We will be selling a variety of things ranging from office supplies, furniture, building materials, scrap items/materials, artist supplies, machinery and more! More event details can be found HERE!

Wet Wheel Coming to Tucson, AZ

The City of Tucson (where we are based) has commissioned a piece titled Wet Wheel, a 20-foot wide and 14-ft tall bike wheel which will straddle a portion of a mixed-use biking/pedestrian path like a gateway. The spokes would be absent except when a cyclist rides through the center, water jets appear in the place of spokes and give the rider an approximately one-second spray of water— a much needed and refreshing way to cool off in the intense, Arizona sun! Wet Wheel will straddle a portion of the mixed-use […]

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2018

2018 has been a great year for Creative Machines! We have installed our public art pieces in extraordinary cities around the country, begun sculpture and exhibit projects for awesome new clients from all over, and have strived to create fresh pieces that push the boundaries of what we have done in the past. Here are some photographic highlights from our projects that dominated 2018! PUBLIC ART Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures nestled outside a veteran’s clinic in San Jose, CA. The piece was inspired by the strong […]

Community Engagement at Creative Machines

Many of our projects involve extensive community engagement that goes beyond discussions and surveys. We recognize that people think with their hands as well as their minds and that when communities come together to help plan projects they experience a sense of camaraderie and investment in the final product. We also learn valuable lessons that we couldn’t otherwise. We have developed a kit of parts and a process for working with groups of all ages and helping people express their creativity and highest aspirations for their community. Our two most […]

Our Portable Filter Presses in Nepal!

Our friends at Ceramic Water Filter Solutions have set up a new point-of-use water filter factory in Nepal using the latest batch of our Portable Filter Presses. We’ve recently improved our design thanks to feedback from Michael Stubna and some simulations by our intern Rishabh Parmar. The portable filter press is a product we make available to NGOs like Potters for Peace and Ceramic Water Filter Solutions. Our press is easy to bring into foreign countries because it breaks down into pieces that can be completely checked in airline baggage. […]

Body Politic Complete

Body Politic has been installed and now rests in its complete state at the new Lenexa Rec Center in Lenexa, KS. Here are some photos from after the installation of the finished pieces! Check out past blog posts about this project: New Art for City of Lenexa, Body Politic Update, Body Politic Update 2, Body Politic Installation

Vail Community Programs Spring Field Trip

We had the pleasure of hosting a field trip for some enthusiastic students from Vail Community Programs, a collective for early childhood education that provides enriching experiences for young children in the Vail, AZ community. The kids got to interact with an array of fun exhibits: watercolor walls, ball launchers, simple machines and a kinetic rolling ball sculpture. Here are some photos from their time spent exploring the shop!

Camaraderie Completed!

At the beginning of the year, Camaraderie was installed at a brand new, state of the art, veterans clinic in San Jose, California. As the landscaping and construction came to a close and all of the finishing touches for the facility were put in place, we were able to get an official glimpse of the family of three laser-cut, stainless steel sculptures in their beautiful new home. The clinic has an ultra-modern, sustainable design and is meant to offer a “healing oasis” for patients. We hope that Camaraderie can leave those […]

Camaraderie Installed!

  “When you are in a dangerous spot, no one wants to be alone. We have to survive together.” “We never forget the people we served with. Even if we don’t talk to them, we always think of them.” “We are a family. We are serious about what we have to do. You never have to worry about someone undermining you. It is all about helping and making sure that everyone is OK.” “It’s kind of a family deal. But they are closer than family.” These are some of the […]

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2017

2017 has been a busy year for us at Creative Machines. Wings Over Water won Best Art Installation in Houston Press’s Best of Houston 2017 issue. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, for whom we built the endless array of interactive exhibits, won Best Museum + Best Family Fun Spot for 2017 for the Santa Barbara Independent’s Best of Santa Barbara issue, among other recognitions. These projects wouldn’t be successful without the support of the communities that continuously engage with our work, and for that we thank you. […]

Best of Instagram!

It’s time for another installment of The Best of Instagram (check out the first one here). We love seeing your photos of our art on social media. Seeing visitors interact with and enjoy our work breaths life into what we do. So, we’ve collected some of our favorites to share with you! Be sure to visit their profiles to like or comment. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #creativemachines when posting online so we don’t miss any of your awesome photos! Instagram user Christine Duval enjoys Brilliance at the Palo […]

Sprouts Installation at Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

The day has arrived! The team journeyed up to Phoenix to deliver & install the finished Sprouts piece. We sincerely hope that our work creates a welcoming and uplifting experience to all of those who visit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. Stay tuned for our project, Flowers, also being installed inside the hospital! Check out the Sprouts install below!  

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!  

Adcetris Finds New Home in Seattle!

Adcetris, a ball-machine inspired by the creation of an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) medicine that helps patients battle cancer, has found a new permanent home at Seattle Genetics! This machine was used as an attention-building means to attract doctors to the company’s booth to learn about the journey of the ADC through the bloodstream; its binding with a cell-surface receptor, and how it enters the cell to attack the cancer. The machine has been displayed at various medical conferences and facilities over the past few years before being permanently installed in […]

We Won! 2017 Santa Barbara Beautiful – Presidential Award!

Each year the Santa Barbara Beautiful organization acknowledges outstanding community beautification projects throughout the city each year through its Awards Programs; this year, Creative Machines has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 President’s Award in Exhibits Fabrication for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. 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. Santa Barbara Beautiful chooses from small do-it-yourself projects to, theatres, large […]

Latent Energy Installation

Latent Energy has made it to Huntsville, Texas! Our team Kim Kwasny and Brandon Toland are hard at work installing the massive hydrocarbon molecule. The sculpture is being installed in front of the Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center located at the west entrance of Sam Houston State University. We can’t wait to see the finished piece!

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