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 Park 12 in 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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MOXI Wins Best Museum in Santa Barbara Two Years in a Row!

We are proud to say that MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation has once again won the designation of Best Museum in Santa Barbara for the second consecutive year! Here is what the Santa Barbara Independent had to say about the museum: “Newsflash: MOXI ain’t just for kids, and that’s why it’s quickly risen to the top of Santa Barbara’s competitive museum pack, winning this award for the second year in a row. Science and technology for all ages are intertwined into the educational, hands-on exhibits, and MOXI can throw quite an […]

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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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Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Part 3

Perpetual Nephron Machine is really coming together! It has moved out of the fabrication shop and into our clean assembly area after a fresh coat of paint was added to the frame and tracks. Here the electronics team is working on placing the intricate LED lighting and getting the timing of the balls rolling perfectly. Check out past blog posts about the making of Perpetual Nephron Machine here and here!

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Body Politic Complete

Body Politic has been installed and now rests in its complete state at the new Lenexa Rec Center in Lenexa, KS. Here are some photos from after the installation of the finished pieces! Check out past blog posts about this project: New Art for City of Lenexa, Body Politic Update, Body Politic Update 2, Body Politic Installation

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River Alive! Exhibits Fabrication Part 3

We’re almost finished with the fabrication of The Independence Seaport Museum‘s River Alive! exhibits and are so excited to get the finishing touches in place and ship them to Philadelphia so that museum visitors can start playing (and learning!) with them. Here is a breakdown of each exhibit to give our followers a better understanding the user experience. River Continuum The centerpiece of the River Alive! exhibition, River Continuum is an interactive media expression of the amazingly diverse life in and around the Delaware River. From the smallest phytoplankton to […]

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Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Part 2

Here are more behind the scenes photos from the making of Perpetual Nephron Machine! This ball machine illustrates how the drug Krystexxa works in the human body and made its debut at Kidney Week 2018 in San Diego, California. In these photos, you can see the fabrication team working on both the top and bottom halves of the 14 ft tall sculpture as well as both pieces joined together. Also pictured are the beginning stages of the frosted acrylic coming together along with the colorful LED lighting, a signature component […]

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Kids Testing Bicycle Generator

We recently completed fabrication on the Bicycle Generator for Toronto Public Library! What comes next? The testing phase, of course! We invited some awesome kids down to the shop to try out the exhibit. We think they enjoyed themselves! Check out the photos from their visit below.

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New Art for Camelback Commons in Phoenix, AZ

We’re in the process of constructing a monumental suspended, stainless steel sculpture for Camelback Commons, a beautiful set of office spaces located in the financial district of Phoenix, Arizona. This sculpture consists of five massive steel stems supporting giant colorful leaves at their base. The sculpture will hang in the outdoor atrium of the building and will gently rotate within the space.

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Body Politic Installation

Our newest piece Body Politic is finally installed! We sent a team to Lenexa, Kansas to professionally install the site-specific piece into the city’s new recreation center. We hope Body Politic brings joy to visitors of the rec center for many years to come. Here are some 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.

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Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Part 1

We recently began construction on a new ball machine for Kidney Week 2018 called The Perpetual Nephron Machine. The ball machine is designed to describe the process of uric acid removal in patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) and gout using the drug Krystexxa. Ball machines can be a great way to illustrate abstract processes that take place inside the human body. Here are some behind the scenes photos of the beginning stages of fabrication of this rolling ball sculpture. Be sure to stay tuned for more documentation of this […]

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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!

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