Cayton Children’s Ball Machine Fabrication Update

All Things Go is a brand new interactive ball machine going into Cayton Children’s Museum by Sharewell (formerly known as Zimmer Children’s Museum). This ball machine is loaded with an array of interactive devices and functions. It’s equipped with hand cranks, foot pedals, a bouncy seat, and special gears to twist and turn that will change the course of the circulating golf balls depending on how the user decides to interact with the machine. The machine is designed to illustrate to young museum-goers the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. […]

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Science North Exhibits Shipped and Installed

Last week, Science North exhibits were packed up, shipped and installed into the awe-inspiring Science Center in Ontario, Canada. We can’t wait for the space to be ready for visitors to engage with our work! Creative Machines was there every step of the way with three members of our team going along for the install to make certain everything was put into place correctly. Check out some behind the scenes photos of the shipping and installation process below! Check out past blog posts on Science North: Visit From Science North, […]

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Science North Fabrication Continues

Fabrication is almost 100% complete for the four exciting new exhibits we have going into Science North in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada! Here are a few more images of the finishing touches going in place for Building with Light, Lissajous, Linkages and Pulleys, and Overhead fans. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes photos from our team during the installation! Check out past blog posts on Science North: Visit From Science North, Science North Fabrication Part 1.

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Hanging Demo for Camelback Commons Art

Over the past few months, we have been working on a new monumental placemaking sculpture for Camelback Commons in Phoenix, Arizona. The sculpture will suspend within the atrium of a beautiful office building in the financial center of Phoenix, Arizona – our neighbor to the north! We held a hanging demonstration in our shop to see the 30ft tall, 1,100lb sculpture in action. Here are some photos and video footage of the demonstration! Look back at past blog posts about Camelback Commons: New Art For Camelback Commons, Camelback Commons Fabrication.

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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!

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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 […]

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New Ball Machine for Cayton Children’s Museum

Fabrication has begun on a brand new, state of the art ball machine for Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell, which is reopening as The Cayton Children’s Museum in late spring 2019! (#TheCaytonIsComing!) This highly specialized and interactive ball machine titled All Things Go helps illustrate and promote healthy living through exercise, rest, and healthy eating. The interactive components follow the idea that if you exercise and treat your body well, good things happen! Here are some photos of the first stage of fabrication! Stay tuned for more as this interactive rolling […]

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Science North Exhibit Fabrication

The exhibits we are building for Science North are well underway! Science North is a one-of-a-kind science center located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The museum prides itself on inspiring people of all ages to be engaged with the science of the world around them. We hope these interactive exhibits can aid them in that important mission! Here are some progress photos of the exhibits being fabricated out in the shop! These images include the construction of Building with Light, Lissajous, Overhead Fans and Linkages & Pulleys. Look back at our […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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River Alive! Exhibits Installed at Independence Seaport Museum

River Alive! exhibits for Independence Seaport Museum have been delivered and successfully installed. We are so excited for museum-goers to experience the new attraction! River Alive! is designed to teach visitors about all things water as they discover the wonders and challenges of their regional waterways. Our work on Watershed Modeling, Rate the Risk, River Continuum Triggers, Highway Theatre and Water Cycle Puzzle will help guests understand the complex nature of the water cycle in their state and surrounding areas. Look back at past blog posts for more information and […]

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Growing Home Ships to 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.

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Visit From Science North

We recently had the pleasure of hosting visitors from Science North, an interactive science museum in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions. We are in the middle of building several exhibits for the center: Lissajous, Building with Light, Overhead Fans and Linkages & Pulleys. Here’s a little bit of information about the exhibits you see in the following images! Building with Light is a classic Creative Machines exhibit. In Building with Light, visitors can work at one of several stations building with sanded acrylic […]

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Perpetual Nephron Machine Debuts at Kidney Week 2018

Here are some photos of the Perpetual Nephron Machine complete at Kidney Week 2018 in San Diego! The complete sculpture measures in at 14ft high, towering over visitors and creating a beacon to the Krystexxa booth at the event. Look back at past posts about Perpetual Nephron Machine for more information on the project and for behind the scenes photos: Fabrication Part 1, Fabrication Part 2, Fabrication Part 3, Fabrication Part 4.

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Fall Field Trip to Creative Machines!

We had some great kids visit the shop last week from Vail School District! Here are some photos from their trip to Creative Machines. They got to play with Lissajous, Building with Light, Watercolor Wall, Ball Machines and a Tennis Ball Launcher!

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Our Portable Filter Presses in Nepal!

Our friends at Ceramic Water Filter Solutions have set up a new point-of-use water filter factory in Nepal using the latest batch of our Portable Filter Presses. We’ve recently improved our design thanks to feedback from Michael Stubna and some simulations by our intern Rishabh Parmar. The portable filter press is a product we make available to NGOs like Potters for Peace and Ceramic Water Filter Solutions. Our press is easy to bring into foreign countries because it breaks down into pieces that can be completely checked in airline baggage. […]

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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.

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Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Completed

Here are the final stages of fabrication of the Perpetual Nephron Machine! After these photos were taken, the machine was broken down and shipped to San Diego to premiere at Kidney Week 2018. Kidney Week is hosted by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) which leads the fight against kidney diseases by educating health professionals. The Perpetual Nephron Machine is designed to describe the process of uric acid removal in patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) and gout using the drug Krystexxa. Look back at past Perpetual Nephron Machine fabrication […]

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River Alive! Exhibits Ship to Philadelphia

We just finished shipping out a set of new exhibits to The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia! These exhibits will complete the museum’s new River Alive! experience, a new 4,000-square-foot exhibition opening Thanksgiving Weekend. It will focus on the wonders and challenges of the Delaware River watershed, our place within that system, and the increasingly sophisticated science we use to understand the watershed’s complexity. Check out past posts for more on the fabrication of these exhibits, behind the scenes photos, and information about the exhibits: Fabrication Begins, Fabrication Part 2 and […]

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