Vail Community Programs 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

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. Here are some photos from the ball machine fabrication shop of this whimsical sculpture coming together! Check out the last blog post about this project HERE.

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 […]

Camaraderie Fabrication!

Fabrication on Camaraderie has begun! Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures located at a veteran’s clinic in Palo Alto, CA. 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. Having companionship and a strong support structure has proved beneficial to the healing process, and our goal was to remind patients of this support by reading the encouraging words of actual veterans. The form […]

Wings Over Water Install Phase Two

We just wrapped up the second install of Wings Over Water! Our first piece in Houston, in collaboration with Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance, has been in the making since mid 2015. Wings Over Water is a monumental, kinetic sculpture integrated into the Fountain of Americas in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Our installation team: Logan Crouse, Wolfgang Devine and Kim Kwasny did a great job on the installation with the help of many other local Houston companies. This piece has been a collaboration from […]

Wings Over Water Wing Shipment

Wings Over Water’s 32 wings are all packed up and ready for shipment! Over the last month we have been finishing up the wing fabrication, a two-step process that included the fabrication of the aluminum wings and the attachment of the white Stamisol fabric skins. Our team of designers and fabricators will be traveling back to Houston, TX to continue installing the massive kinetic sculpture in the Fountain of Americas outside the George R. Brown Convention Center. Wings Over Water has been commissioned by Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts […]

MOXI Exhibits Fabrication Update!

Over the past few months we have been working diligently on the wrap up of fabrication and installation of the 30+ exhibits to be installed in MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. We have a rotating installation team in Santa Barbara while our fabrication team continues fabrication work on the remaining exhibits here at the shop. The new exhibits that are set to fill the new museum will inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to learn new things and challenge their minds. It has been […]

More Wings Over Water Fabrication Updates

While our install team has been working hard in Houston, our fabrication team has been continuing progress on the individual wings. Each wing is constructed out of stainless steel, aluminum and Stamisol fabric skins. These wings will move in a smooth and natural movement across the top of the sculpture. Once the wings have been finished, we will be sending them along with the spine to Houston for the final installation. Wings Over Water has been commissioned by Houston First Corporation and Houston Arts Alliance; it is being installed within […]

First Round of Exhibits Installed!

We just finished installing some of our new exhibits into MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Innovation + Exploration! We had a great installation team out there for one week to install the first phase of exhibits. We are currently continuing the detail design and fabrication in Tucson and will be shipping more exhibits to Santa Barbara within the next month. The first phase installation team included Ty Augsburger, Alex Dittrich, Josh Gill, Eric Gustafson, Soroosh Hedayati, David Irving, Sam Kolb and Kate Psyk.

Din Don Restoration!

In addition to building new and exciting ball machines, Creative Machines also restores older kinetic sculptures that are in need of maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. The Din Don Ball Machine from Kobe, Japan was originally built in 1992, and after many years of providing entertainment and joy to thousands of people it was time for a little much needed TLC! Watch the beginning of the restoration process unravel below, and be sure to look out for our next post which will document more behind the scenes details as the ball […]

Newton’s Daydream Has Been Installed!

The newly restored Newton’s Daydream has been installed in The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ball machine sculpture was originally created in 2005 by artist, George Rhoads. It is located inside the Planetarium’s main lobby and has become a focal point for all visitors. The two story audiokinetic sculpture features an intricate maze of moving balls with many classic devices such as the Climber, Wraparound, and Spinner. The ball machine also includes an interactive wheel where visitors can change the pathway of the balls causing them to […]

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