New Art for Texas A&M University

We recently began a new public art commission for Texas A&M International University in College Station, Texas. This larger-than-life project is designed to bring the university’s logo to life. The sculpture will consist of a 15’ diameter sphere composed of an intricate triangular frame made from brushed stainless steel with hammer-formed metal continents attached to it. The empty areas of the frame will be fitted with perforated stainless steel panels when mixed with the powerful LED lighting from within creates an interesting visual moire effect that changes when the viewer […]

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Limitless: Leading Tucson’s Future!

  Join us for the second installment of Limitless: Leading Tucson’s Future series, this time featuring our very own Joe O’Connell, Founder, President and Artistic Director of Creative Machines. This event will also feature Randi Dorman, candidate for Mayor of Tucson, Chairwoman at Downtown Tucson Partnership, former President of MOCA Tucson and owner at R+R Developer. Thursday, June 20th from 6-8pm 4141 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714 P.S. – Stilt walkers? People on cranes? Cool art? Stay for the after party!  

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Shimmering Sea Installs in Tempe, AZ

The first stage of assembly and installation for Shimmering Sea is underway! This installation is going to be on a pedestrian bridge at The Watermark in Tempe, Arizona. The piece consists of hundreds of polished stainless steel discs that will gently move with the breeze, creating an ever-changing canvas of reflection of the spaces’ surroundings. Here are some behind the scenes photos of our team painstakingly adhering hundreds of these polished discs to the railings of the bridge. Stay tuned for more on this project as it nears completion.  Check […]

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George Rhoads Art Expo Sale

GEORGE RHOADS ART EXPO In 2007, artist George Rhoads partnered with Creative Machines to manage, design, fabricate and represent his world-famous Ball Machine sculptures. Through this partnership, we continue to develop new fabrication methods, design elements and strategies for making engaging and long-lasting sculptures. In addition to being a renowned kinetic artist wowing audiences around the globe with his whimsical sculptures, Rhoads developed a love for painting and origami. During the weekend of June 15-16, 2019 in Ithaca, NY over 100 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures for sale to the […]

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Camelback Commons Artwork Ships to Phoenix

Artwork for Camelback Commons has made its way to Phoenix, AZ for installation. This sculpture is a massive suspended stainless steel mobile that will hang in the open air atrium section of the building and gently rotate with the wind. Check out behind the scenes photos below of our team loading this massive sculpture onto not one, but TWO trucks! Check out past blog posts about the making of this artwork: New Art for Phoenix, Fabrication for Camelback Commons, Hanging Demo and Camelback Commons Artwork Gets Painted.  

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Camelback Commons Atrium Art Fabrication Update

We recently had Camelback Commons’ upcoming atrium artwork painted in bright shades of blue, green and yellow. The paint job turned out great and we can’t wait to get this beauty installed in Phoenix, Arizona. Look back at past blog entries about the making of this monumental suspended sculpture: New Art for Camelback Commons, Camelback Commons Fabrication Update, Camelback Commons Hanging Demo.

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Creative Machines Featured on AZ Weekend!

We have been featured by KOLD News 13‘s Arizona Weekend blog! Thanks so much for coming down to shop and learning about what we do and sharing our story with the community and beyond. Here is the video they made after visiting our workshop in south Tucson and talking with Creative Machines Founder, President, and Artistic Director Joe O’Connell.  ⭐️ See the full article here → This inventive Tucson business is an engineer’s paradise

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“All Systems Go” Fabrication Continues

Over the last few weeks, All Systems Go has been taken apart, powder coated in an array of bright colors, and put back together again with all its finishing touches. After the machine was reassembled we began the testing phase where the machine runs for 1,000 hours prior to leaving our shop. This process allows us to notice any kinks that may arise and gives us an opportunity to fix any technical issues that may occur before we deliver the sculpture to our client. This ball machine will be installed in the brand […]

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Creative Machines Surplus Sale March 23-24

Hey, Tucson! Creative Machines is having a surplus sale this weekend March 23-24th during the Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Air Show! ✈️ Come on down to our shop between 10a-5p and enjoy the show while browsing the unique items we have available for the public! We will be selling a variety of things ranging from office supplies, furniture, building materials, scrap items/materials, artist supplies, machinery and more! More event details can be found HERE!

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New Art for Tempe, AZ

Over the last several months we have been prototyping and testing materials for a new piece of public art titled Shimmering Sea for The Watermark, an upscale residential, shopping and business center located in Tempe, Arizona. Shimmering Sea is a wind-activated kinetic sculpture composed of an array of polished stainless steel discs. Each of these discs is suspended from just above its center of mass so that it will move with the wind. Arranged in this faceted array, the polished discs will create a rippling surface similar to the surface […]

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Cayton Children’s Ball Machine Fabrication Update

All Systems 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 Systems 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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