Body Politic Installed!

Our newest piece Body Politic commissioned by the City of Lenexa, Kansas is finally complete! We sent a team to Kansas to install the site-specific piece into the city’s new recreation center. We hope Body Politic brings joy to visitors to the rec center for many years to come! Here are a couple photos from the installation. Look back on the making of these sculptures in our past blog posts: New Art for City of Lenexa, Fabrication Update, Fabrication Update 2.

Making of Bicycle Generator for Toronto Public Library

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!

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 […]

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 […]

San Diego Growing Home Progress

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.

Franklin Institute Ball Machine Update: Part 2

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.

Vail Community Programs Spring Field Trip

We had the pleasure of hosting a field trip for some enthusiastic students from Vail Community Programs, a collective for early childhood education that provides enriching experiences for young children in the Vail, AZ community. The kids got to interact with an array of fun exhibits: watercolor walls, ball launchers, simple machines and a kinetic rolling ball sculpture. Here are some photos from their time spent exploring the shop!

Method, Madness: Science & Art Panel at Creative Machines

Join us this Thursday, March 22 from 5:30-7pm for the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona‘s Salon Series “METHOD, MADNESS: SCIENCE & ART” at Creative Machines. Click here for a map of our location! Creative Machines Founder & President Joe O’Connell, along with other distinguished community members, will discuss their own unique perspectives on the intersection of science and art. Come out for the Salon and be part of the conversation! Tickets are $20 and proceeds go on to support the Arts Foundation. There will be wine, beer and […]

Cathedral Coaster Fabrication Update

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.

New Ball Machine for The Franklin Institute!

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 […]

Camaraderie Ships to San Jose

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 […]

We’re Hiring! [Closed]

Update 1/30/18: We are currently finished hiring for Project Manager positions. Please check our blog or social media pages for upcoming opportunities if you are interested in working at Creative Machines in the future! Interested in joining our team? We are actively seeking qualified Project Managers for both Interactive Exhibits & Public Art. Read more about the position below and follow the link at the bottom of the page to learn more or apply! Job Summary As project manager you would assume primary responsibility for the budget, design supervision and […]

Best of Instagram!

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 […]

MOXI’s Grand Opening was a Huge Success!

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is now open! The grand opening was on February 25th and was a huge success! MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation features exhibits that inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to learn new things and challenge their minds. MOXI emphasizes STEAM learning; STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

MOXI Phase 2 Install!

We’ve just finished another round of install in Santa Barbara, CA for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation! This phase of installation included Sound Machine, a ball machine exhibit inspired by the audiokinetic sculptures of George Rhoads, Handprint Globe, Build it, Test it, Race it, Giant Guitar, Innovation Wall and more. While our rotating installation team is working hard in Santa Barbara, we are wrapping up fabrication on many of the exhibits here in the shop. Many of the exhibits we have left will be shipping in the […]

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.

Wings Over Water Complete!

We have been working for over a year on Wings Over Water with Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance and are pleased to announce its completion! The concept for the sculpture was inspired by the theme of migration, which is one of the governing metaphors behind the architectural re-design of the convention center. The connection between avian and human migration reflects Houston’s diverse population. The sculpture features 32 wings that continuously beat creating the sense of progress and movement over the Fountain of the Americas. The fountain will cycle […]

Stories Interweave Fabrication

We have begun fabrication on Stories Interweave!. This series of sculptures will be permanently installed beneath the Colfax Avenue light rail station in Aurora, CO. Stories Interweave will feature a series of hanging brilliantly lit chandeliers. At night, the pieces will glow brilliantly with color changing LED lights projecting words and patterns onto the underside of the bridge and some of the surrounding walls. 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 […]

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