We’re thrilled to begin work on one of our newest projects for the City of Lenexa, Kansas’s new Civic Center. The piece titled Body Politic is a 3D exploration of sharing public spaces with others. This idea is illustrated through the use of silhouetted figures laser-cut into two large, stainless steel spheres lit brightly from within with colorful LED lighting. “Public spaces are all about looking at the silhouettes of others and judging their feelings, receptivity to contact, their past, their station in life, and what they are currently thinking. […]
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 […]
“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 […]
The fabrication of Camaraderie is complete! If you haven’t been following our progress, Camaraderie is a series of 3 stainless steel sculptures that celebrate the unique and enduring companionships that are built within the United States military tradition. Recently, we carefully wrapped up the massive metal sculptures and got them ready for the journey to their home in a new VA clinic in San Jose, California. Check out some photos of our team loading up the colossal shipment below, and stay tuned for blog posts on Camaraderie’s installation and finished […]
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. […]
Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus is a new Ball Machine Sculpture recently installed in 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. We’re very excited to see this project finally complete!
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 […]
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 […]
Earlier this month, Creative Machines journeyed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to install not one, but two projects! The first being Sprouts, and the second being Flowers! Flowers is a group of twenty six colorful flowers and pinwheel shapes located in five ceiling alcoves throughout the new emergency room addition at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The artwork will create a welcoming environment for young patients and visitors. The goal of the artwork is to make patients feel comfortable as they move through the emergency center by replacing what is typically a clinical […]
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!
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!
We recently completed Earth’s Blanket, a series composed of a powder coated stainless steel and aluminum support structure, illuminated acrylic hemispheres and custom electronics! The molecules are arranged around the Colorado State University Chemistry Building and Science Quad in an array that invites exploration and socialization. This small series includes six interactive sculptures that represent important small molecules: water, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and freon-12. Look back on our fabrication process over the last few months by visiting our other Earth’s Blanket focused blog posts Earth’s Blanket Fabrication.
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.
Last week, we finished the install of our latest art piece Convergence! This hanging sculpture has been installed in the University of Iowa Seaman’s Center. Convergence is a three-dimensional array of engineering equations cut out of steel ribbons. The goal for the sculpture is to create a monument to engineering that abstractly visualizes the process of thinking. Each ribbon depicts a series of equations moving through space akin to a student working through these ideas in their mind. From a distance, the sculpture will appear to be a series of […]
The Din Don restoration and re-installation at Kobe Harborland is now complete! The immense sculpture is now ready to delight viewers once again. Check out the entire restoration process here: Update 1, Update 2, Update 3.
Last week, we had a small team of Creative Machines members installing Convergence! Convergence features 7 giant steel ribbons that hang within the Iowa Seaman’s Center atrium. Convergence is an artwork exploring the language of engineering meant specifically to engage engineers. The piece invites students and the general public to decipher the piece searching for equations they know and wondering about the equations they don’t. As a student moves through their degree program, they will begin to recognize new equations making Convergence a piece that they can return to time […]
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.
Our ball machine team began the rigorous process of restoring the towering Din Don ball machine in 2016. After many years of bringing enjoyment and glee to thousands of shoppers, the sculpture required some general maintenance, repairs and a good cleaning. The monumental sculpture was disassembled, crated, and shipped to Tucson, Arizona to begin its restoration. Now that the process is complete, the monumental kinetic piece of art is being re-installed in the Kobe Harborland shopping center in Kobe, Japan. Check out the installation process below! And if you missed […]