We recently constructed 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 using the drug Krystexxa. 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 […]
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 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.
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. We have lots of photos from the ball machine fabrication shop of this whimsical sculpture coming together below! Be sure to check out the last blog post about this project HERE to see the very beginning stages of fabrication.
We’ve just begun fabrication of a brand new ball machine to be installed in The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, one of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the US. This machine titled Newton’s Convergence will be replacing the popular and well-loved Newton’s Dream ball machine that was installed in the museum in 1990. This new kinetic sculpture will delight thousands of museum visitors of all ages for many years to come. This rolling-ball sculpture will feature two large individual chambers and 18 awe-inspiring devices (two of which will […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus is a new Ball Machine Sculpture being built for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The balls travel through this custom machine and give viewers the opportunity to experience Stanford Campus in an entirely new way. As visitors watch, the ball travels along the track, passing many of the artistic, academic, historical and memorable places on the campus, reimagined as small ball machine devices and models. Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus will install later this year!
Check out some exclusive images of the whimsical devices to be included in one of our upcoming Ball Machine Sculptures! Stay tuned for more details and images as we get closer to installation.
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.
Convergence fabrication is complete! All of the ribbons have been powdercoated and are being prepped for shipment. Convergence will be installed at the University of Iowa Seaman’s Center in Iowa City, IA. Check out photos of the process below and stay tuned for completed photos in the coming weeks!