Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus Fabrication Progress

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 […]

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Growing Home in progress!

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 […]

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Flowers Installation at Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

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 […]

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Sprouts Installation at Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

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!  

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Sprouts Prepares to Ship!

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!  

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Earth’s Blanket Installed!

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.

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Camaraderie Testing!

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.

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Adcetris Finds New Home in Seattle!

Adcetris, a ball-machine inspired by the creation of an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) medicine that helps patients battle cancer, has found a new permanent home at Seattle Genetics! This machine was used as an attention-building means to attract doctors to the company’s booth to learn about the journey of the ADC through the bloodstream; its binding with a cell-surface receptor, and how it enters the cell to attack the cancer. The machine has been displayed at various medical conferences and facilities over the past few years before being permanently installed in […]

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We Won! 2017 Santa Barbara Beautiful – Presidential Award!

Each year the Santa Barbara Beautiful organization acknowledges outstanding community beautification projects throughout the city each year through its Awards Programs; this year, Creative Machines has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 President’s Award in Exhibits Fabrication for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. 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. Santa Barbara Beautiful chooses from small do-it-yourself projects to, theatres, large […]

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Convergence Fully Installed!

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 […]

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Din Don Install Complete!

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.

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Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus

Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus is a new Ball Machine Sculpture being built for 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. Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus will install later this year!

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Installing Convergence!

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 […]

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New Details from PSH Ball Machine!

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.

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Earth’s Blanket Fabrication

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.

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Din Don Installation!

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 […]

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Convergence Prepares for Shipment!

Convergence fabrication is complete! All of the ribbons have been powdercoated and are being prepped for shipment. Convergence will be installed at the University of Iowa Seaman’s Center in Iowa City, IA. Check out photos of the process below and stay tuned for completed photos in the coming weeks!

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Flowers Fabrication

We’re currently working on the fabrication of Flowers, a new installation for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In addition to Sprouts, we are planning on installing these whimsical flower and propeller inspired shapes at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital this fall. There are about 30 flowers total placed within 4 alcoves throughout the hospital. Each flower is composed of vibrantly colored acrylic panels that will stand out in each of their alcoves and are meant to transform the hospital into a welcoming environment for people of all ages. Check out photos of […]

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Latent Energy has been Completed!

Latent Energy has recently been installed in front of the Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas! The center is home to new facilities for the Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences. Latent Energy depicts a hydrocarbon molecule rising out of the ground reaching the height of the surrounding buildings. The iconic sculpture celebrates the Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center and SHSU’s signature programs. During the day, the acrylic spheres that make up the molecules will pick up sunlight and glow softly. […]

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Sprouts Fabrication Continues!

Sprouts is taking shape as fabrication continues! Once completed, Sprouts will be installed at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out photos of the process below!

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