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!

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!

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-

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lithoglyphs at the University of Arizona!

We recently completed Lithoglyphs, a series of 200 playful inlays for the University of Arizona based on regional icons and imagery. Many of the inlays are very recognizable like a hiker, bobcat, javelina, and mountain lion. However, there are some more complex designs that we hope will engage visitors further, asking them to stop and explore the inlays. We are continuously looking for new ways to engage the public. This project allowed us to explore new ways of marrying art and the surrounding environment. Lithoglyphs was a collaborative effort between […]

Testing Exhibits

Earlier this week, we prototyped a handful of exhibits to see how some kids from a local school would interact with them. We set a variety of exhibits up at different stations so the kids could rotate through and play with them in smaller groups. The trip was a great success!

Portable Press in Nepal

One of our portable presses went to Kathmandu, Nepal with our friend Michael Stubna. Michael works with organizations around the world to set up small factories to produce point-of-use water filters where they are needed most. These water filters solve the huge problem of getting potable water in places with very little infrastructure. Following a process developed by Potters for Peace, Michael brings aluminum molds, one of our Mini-Presses, and training to remote areas. Local potters do the rest and create their own self-sustaining businesses. It is a much better […]

In Dark Waters was a huge success at the Spark! Festival

Last week, our new temporary artwork shaped like a giant angler fish traveled to Mesa, Arizona for the Spark! Festival for Creativity. The Angler Fish is the first in a series that we are developing called In Dark Waters. The series will feature different bioluminescent sea creatures filled with glowing LEDs and covered in semi translucent material. Each creature is also interactive and will come alive with glowing lights and playful sounds. At the Spark Festival, visitors were able to press buttons on the control panel in front of the […]

Dark Waters visits SPARK!

Recently, we have been researching and testing out a lot of new materials and modes of construction for our pieces. We are looking for new and innovative ideas for artworks that can travel to different festivals and fairs across the country and eventually around the world. This week, we sent out our shrink wrapped Angler Fish piece which is currently on display at SPARK! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity. Joe O’Connell was working on the design of the fish, while Eric Gustafson, Paul Richards and David Irving have all been working […]

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