Shimmering Sea Installs in Tempe, AZ

The first stage of assembly and installation for Shimmering Sea is underway! This installation is going to be on a pedestrian bridge at The Watermark in Tempe, Arizona. The piece consists of hundreds of polished stainless steel discs that will gently move with the breeze, creating an ever-changing canvas of reflection of the spaces’ surroundings. Here are some behind the scenes photos of our team painstakingly adhering hundreds of these polished discs to the railings of the bridge. Stay tuned for more on this project as it nears completion.  Check […]

Camelback Commons Artwork Ships to Phoenix

Artwork for Camelback Commons has made its way to Phoenix, AZ for installation. This sculpture is a massive suspended stainless steel mobile that will hang in the open air atrium section of the building and gently rotate with the wind. Check out behind the scenes photos below of our team loading this massive sculpture onto not one, but TWO trucks! Check out past blog posts about the making of this artwork: New Art for Phoenix, Fabrication for Camelback Commons, Hanging Demo and Camelback Commons Artwork Gets Painted.  

Camelback Commons Atrium Art Fabrication Update

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.

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

New Art for Tempe, AZ

Over the last several months we have been prototyping and testing materials for a new piece of public art titled Shimmering Sea for The Watermark, an upscale residential, shopping and business center located in Tempe, Arizona. Shimmering Sea is a wind-activated kinetic sculpture composed of an array of polished stainless steel discs. Each of these discs is suspended from just above its center of mass so that it will move with the wind. Arranged in this faceted array, the polished discs will create a rippling surface similar to the surface […]

Growing Home Featured in Modern Luxury San Diego

Growing Home was recently featured in Modern Luxury San Diego. We are so proud of this piece and can already see it begin to make a lasting impression on the surrounding community. “I wish to express how impressed I am with your work, “Growing home!” You are indeed the special artist and craftsman we wanted to make Park/12 a unique setting for residents and public alike.” – Jerry Brand, Senior Managing Director, Greystar Check out the digital version of Modern Luxury San Diego 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 […]

Growing Home Installed in San Diego’s Park 12

Growing Home has made it to Park 12 in San Diego and was successfully installed by our great team that traveled all the way from Tucson, AZ. This monumental seashell sculpture celebrates all things San Diego with the rich history of the city laser-cut into the beach-inspired stainless steel sculpture. Here are some photos of the installation! Check out past blog posts about the making of Growing Home: Growing Home Fabrication Begins, Fabrication Progress, Fabrication Progress 2, Fabrication Progress 3, Growing Home Ships to San Diego

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 […]

Growing Home Ships to Park 12 in San Diego

Last Friday Growing Home was packed up and loaded onto the truck and headed towards San Diego, California! This week we have a great team of installers working to get the piece put into place. Stay tuned for more on the installation and to see the finished sculpture in its completed form! Want to see more on Growing Home? Check out our past blog posts: Fabrication Begins, Fabrication Update 2, Fabrication Update 3, Fabrication Update 4.

Atrium Artwork Fabrication for Camelback Commons

Fabrication is ongoing for the new atrium artwork commissioned for Camelback Commons, a set of office buildings located in Phoenix, Arizona. The monumental suspended sculpture will hang in the center of the atrium and will gently rotate in the space. The leaves will be painted in shades of yellow, green and blue. Here are some photos of its progress! Look back at our first post about this new piece: New Art For Camelback Commons.

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

New Art for Camelback Commons in Phoenix, AZ

We’re in the process of constructing a monumental suspended, stainless steel sculpture for Camelback Commons, a beautiful set of office spaces located in the financial district of Phoenix, Arizona. This sculpture consists of five massive steel stems supporting giant colorful leaves at their base. The sculpture will hang in the outdoor atrium of the building and will gently rotate within the space.

Body Politic Update Part 2

Body Politic is almost ready for installation in Lenexa, Kansas! The spheres are five and seven feet in diameter and are made from hand-hammered, laser-cut stainless steel. The large-scale, interactive sculptures feature more than 200 unique silhouettes, each conveying something different about daily life. Each visitor can investigate the figures and find a representation of themselves within the cut-out figures. Check out past blog posts HERE and HERE for more on this project. The sculptures are slated to be installed early this month! Here are some photos of the sculptures […]

San Diego Growing Home Progress: Part 3

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 […]

Franklin Institute Ball Machine: Part 4

Our newest kinetic ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, is coming together quite nicely! All of the parts and pieces have been painted in bright, bold colors and installed into the frame. The machine is currently in testing to make sure all of the kinetic properties are working without any glitches. Here are some photos of many of the fun details and contraptions that make this rolling ball sculpture tick! It even circulates golf balls for an added touch of whimsy! Stay tuned for more exclusive photos from us as this new […]

San Diego Growing Home Progress: Part 2

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 […]

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