We recently began a new public art commission for Texas A&M International University in College Station, Texas. This larger-than-life project is designed to bring the university’s logo to life. The sculpture will consist of a 15’ diameter sphere composed of an intricate triangular frame made from brushed stainless steel with hammer-formed metal continents attached to it. The empty areas of the frame will be fitted with perforated stainless steel panels when mixed with the powerful LED lighting from within creates an interesting visual moire effect that changes when the viewer […]
We recently had Camelback Commons’ upcoming atrium artwork painted in bright shades of blue, green and yellow. The paint job turned out great and we can’t wait to get this beauty installed in Phoenix, Arizona. Look back at past blog entries about the making of this monumental suspended sculpture: New Art for Camelback Commons, Camelback Commons Fabrication Update, Camelback Commons Hanging Demo.
Over the last few weeks, All Systems Go has been taken apart, powder coated in an array of bright colors, and put back together again with all its finishing touches. After the machine was reassembled we began the testing phase where the machine runs for 1,000 hours prior to leaving our shop. This process allows us to notice any kinks that may arise and gives us an opportunity to fix any technical issues that may occur before we deliver the sculpture to our client. This ball machine will be installed in the brand […]
All Systems Go is a brand new interactive ball machine going into Cayton Children’s Museum by Sharewell (formerly known as Zimmer Children’s Museum). This ball machine is loaded with an array of interactive devices and functions. It’s equipped with hand cranks, foot pedals, a bouncy seat, and special gears to twist and turn that will change the course of the circulating golf balls depending on how the user decides to interact with the machine. The machine is designed to illustrate to young museum-goers the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. […]
Fabrication is almost 100% complete for the four exciting new exhibits we have going into Science North in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada! Here are a few more images of the finishing touches going in place for Building with Light, Lissajous, Linkages and Pulleys, and Overhead fans. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes photos from our team during the installation! Check out past blog posts on Science North: Visit From Science North, Science North Fabrication Part 1.
Over the past few months, we have been working on a new monumental placemaking sculpture for Camelback Commons in Phoenix, Arizona. The sculpture will suspend within the atrium of a beautiful office building in the financial center of Phoenix, Arizona – our neighbor to the north! We held a hanging demonstration in our shop to see the 30ft tall, 1,100lb sculpture in action. Here are some photos and video footage of the demonstration! Look back at past blog posts about Camelback Commons: New Art For Camelback Commons, Camelback Commons Fabrication.
Fabrication has begun on a brand new, state of the art ball machine for Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell, which is reopening as The Cayton Children’s Museum in late spring 2019! (#TheCaytonIsComing!) This highly specialized and interactive ball machine titled All Systems Go helps illustrate and promote healthy living through exercise, rest, and healthy eating. The interactive components follow the idea that if you exercise and treat your body well, good things happen! Here are some photos of the first stage of fabrication! Stay tuned for more as this interactive rolling […]
The exhibits we are building for Science North are well underway! Science North is a one-of-a-kind science center located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The museum prides itself on inspiring people of all ages to be engaged with the science of the world around them. We hope these interactive exhibits can aid them in that important mission! Here are some progress photos of the exhibits being fabricated out in the shop! These images include the construction of Building with Light, Lissajous, Overhead Fans and Linkages & Pulleys. Look back at our […]
Perpetual Nephron Machine is really coming together! It has moved out of the fabrication shop and into our clean assembly area after a fresh coat of paint was added to the frame and tracks. Here the electronics team is working on placing the intricate LED lighting and getting the timing of the balls rolling perfectly. Check out past blog posts about the making of Perpetual Nephron Machine here and here!
Here are more behind the scenes photos from the making of Perpetual Nephron Machine! This ball machine illustrates how the drug Krystexxa works in the human body and made its debut at Kidney Week 2018 in San Diego, California. In these photos, you can see the fabrication team working on both the top and bottom halves of the 14 ft tall sculpture as well as both pieces joined together. Also pictured are the beginning stages of the frosted acrylic coming together along with the colorful LED lighting, a signature component […]
We recently began construction on a new ball machine for Kidney Week 2018 called The Perpetual Nephron Machine. The ball machine is designed to describe the process of uric acid removal in patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) and gout. Ball machines can be a great way to illustrate abstract processes that take place inside the human body. Here are some behind the scenes photos of the beginning stages of fabrication of this rolling ball sculpture. Be sure to stay tuned for more documentation of this project coming to life! […]
We have been busy making a custom interactive racing exhibit for the Toronto Public Library called Bicycle Generator. This exhibit allows kids to pedal a bicycle or turn a pair of hand cranks to generate electricity on two WeWatt stations. As each side races against the other, a column of colorful LED lights begins to fill up the digital scoreboard in front of the players, signaling who is in the lead. Here are some photos of the team putting this exhibit together!
Fabrication continues on the fun array of exhibits we have in production for The Independence Seaport Museum‘s new attraction opening in November, River Alive! Here are some fun, behind the scenes shots of our team working hard on building each exhibit; Watercycle Puzzle, River Continuum, Rate the Risk, Watershed Modeling, and River Theatre. Stay tuned for our next blog where we will tell you a little bit about how each exhibit works and how it teaches visitors about the region’s waterways! Look back at our previous post: Fabrication Begins.
Growing Home is in its final stages of fabrication and our team is now focusing on getting the internal LED lighting all set up within the massive sculpture. At night, our powerful point-source lights will project through the perforated stainless steel shell to activate the space around the sculpture with the projected silhouettes of the words that make up the surface. The illuminated landscape around the shell becomes a magical space for exploration at night and when viewed from above. Here are some photos of the installation of the bright […]
Growing Home is really starting to come together into its final form. The sculpture is a monumental depiction of a spiraled seashell; perfect for its new home in beachy San Diego, California! The sculpture is going to be installed in Park 12 near Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres! The shell 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 way that a shell grows from one season to the next. The […]
Newton’s Convergence is starting to come together into its final form! We just had the entire frame painted in a vibrant blue powder coat. Here are some shots of the dual-frame kinetic sculpture coming together right before the colorful devices and balls are added. Stay tuned for more exclusive photos from us as this new machine nears completion! Look back at past updates on this project: HERE and HERE.
We have begun fabrication of four new exhibits for the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibits will be a part of the museum’s River Alive! attraction; a brand new 4,000 square foot exhibition set to open this November. It will focus on the wonders and challenges of the Delaware River watershed, the region’s place within that system, and the sophisticated science used to understand the complex nature of the waterways. Here are some photos of the beginning stages of fabrication. The four exhibits are titled Rate the Risk, […]
Cathedral Coaster, our newest kinetic ball machine creation, received a fresh powder-coating in vibrant shades of blue, yellow, orange and purple! The machine has made its way to its new home Reims, France and is ready to delight young patients at American Memorial Hospital. Check out past fabrication updates HERE & HERE. Check out some shots below!
Growing Home is a new monumental sculpture we will be installing in San Diego, CA later this year! 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. Check back for more updates on the progression of Growing Home, or check out our previous blog post here.
The newest addition to The Franklin Institute’s array of clever, interactive exhibits is underway in our workshop here in sunny Tucson, AZ. This ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, celebrates physics, kinetic energy, and all things Isaac Newton. This rolling ball sculpture features an array of fun devices from loop-de-loops to hammer-bells and is filled with jaw-dropping twists and turns! Here are some photos of the kinetic sculpture coming together in our workshop! Look back the first fabrication update HERE.