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. 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 project coming to life! […]

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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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Newton’s Convergence Installed in The Franklin Institute

Our newest ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, has just been installed at The Franklin Institute in Philidelphia, PA. Here are some photos of the completed machine! Look back at past blog posts on this ball machine and see it come together from start to finish: Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3, Blog 4.

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Body Politic Update Part 2

Body Politic is almost ready for installation in Lenexa, Kansas! The spheres are five and seven feet in diameter and are made from hand-hammered, laser-cut stainless steel. The large-scale, interactive sculptures feature more than 200 unique silhouettes, each conveying something different about daily life. Each visitor can investigate the figures and find a representation of themselves within the cut-out figures. Check out past blog posts HERE and HERE for more on this project. The sculptures are slated to be installed early this month! Here are some photos of the sculptures […]

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River Alive! Exhibits Fabrication Continues

Fabrication continues on the fun array of exhibits we have in production for The Independence Seaport Museum‘s new attraction opening in November, River Alive! Here are some fun, behind the scenes shots of our team working hard on building each exhibit; Watercycle Puzzle, River Continuum, Rate the Risk, Watershed Modeling, and River Theatre. Stay tuned for our next blog where we will tell you a little bit about how each exhibit works and how it teaches visitors about the region’s waterways! Look back at our previous post: Fabrication Begins.

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San Diego Growing Home Progress: Part 3

Growing Home is in its final stages of fabrication and our team is now focusing on getting the internal LED lighting all set up within the massive sculpture. At night, our powerful point-source lights will project through the perforated stainless steel shell to activate the space around the sculpture with the projected silhouettes of the words that make up the surface. The illuminated landscape around the shell becomes a magical space for exploration at night and when viewed from above. Here are some photos of the installation of the bright […]

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Franklin Institute Ball Machine: Part 4

Our newest kinetic ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, is coming together quite nicely! All of the parts and pieces have been painted in bright, bold colors and installed into the frame. The machine is currently in testing to make sure all of the kinetic properties are working without any glitches. Here are some photos of many of the fun details and contraptions that make this rolling ball sculpture tick! It even circulates golf balls for an added touch of whimsy! Stay tuned for more exclusive photos from us as this new […]

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San Diego Growing Home Progress: Part 2

Growing Home is really starting to come together into its final form. The sculpture is a monumental depiction of a spiraled seashell; perfect for its new home in beachy San Diego, California! The sculpture is going to be installed in Park 12 near Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres! The shell 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 way that a shell grows from one season to the next. The […]

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Camaraderie selected in 2018 CODAawards Top 100

Camaraderie has been selected in CODAworx‘s Top 100 commissioned art and design projects of 2018! Now, we need YOUR help with votes to win People’s Choice! Cast your vote for Camaraderie in the CODAawards HERE! Voting runs until June 29. Continue your support by sharing with friends and family.

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Franklin Institute Ball Machine Fabrication Continues

Newton’s Convergence is starting to come together into its final form! We just had the entire frame painted in a vibrant blue powder coat. Here are some shots of the dual-frame kinetic sculpture coming together right before the colorful devices and balls are added. Stay tuned for more exclusive photos from us as this new machine nears completion! Look back at past updates on this project: HERE and HERE.

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River Alive! Exhibits Fabrication Begins

We have begun fabrication of four new exhibits for the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibits will be a part of the museum’s River Alive! attraction; a brand new 4,000 square foot exhibition set to open this November. It will focus on the wonders and challenges of the Delaware River watershed, the region’s place within that system, and the sophisticated science used to understand the complex nature of the waterways. Here are some photos of the beginning stages of fabrication. The four exhibits are titled Rate the Risk, […]

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Cathedral Coaster Gets Painted and Installed

Cathedral Coaster, our newest kinetic ball machine creation, received a fresh powder-coating in vibrant shades of blue, yellow, orange and purple! The machine has made its way to its new home Reims, France and is ready to delight young patients at American Memorial Hospital. Check out past fabrication updates HERE & HERE. Check out some shots below!

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San Diego Growing Home Progress

Growing Home is a new monumental sculpture we will be installing in San Diego, CA later this year! 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. Check back for more updates on the progression of Growing Home, or check out our previous blog post here.

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Franklin Institute Ball Machine Update: Part 2

The newest addition to The Franklin Institute’s array of clever, interactive exhibits is underway in our workshop here in sunny Tucson, AZ. This ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, celebrates physics, kinetic energy, and all things Isaac Newton. This rolling ball sculpture features an array of fun devices from loop-de-loops to hammer-bells and is filled with jaw-dropping twists and turns! Here are some photos of the kinetic sculpture coming together in our workshop! Look back the first fabrication update HERE.

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Lenexa Body Politic Update

We’re busy assembling a new sculpture for the City of Lenexa, Kansas titled Body Politic. The sculpture represents the communal sharing of public spaces and the importance of community. At night, the sculpture will light up with visitor-controlled LED lighting which will fill up the surrounding space with colorful silhouetted projections of the human form. Here are some shots of the large, laser-cut spheres coming together. For more on this project, check out our last post! Stay tuned for more as Body Politic comes together!    

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Vail Community Programs Spring 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!

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Camaraderie Completed!

At the beginning of the year, Camaraderie was installed at a brand new, state of the art, veterans clinic in San Jose, California. As the landscaping and construction came to a close and all of the finishing touches for the facility were put in place, we were able to get an official glimpse of the family of three laser-cut, stainless steel sculptures in their beautiful new home. The clinic has an ultra-modern, sustainable design and is meant to offer a “healing oasis” for patients. We hope that Camaraderie can leave those […]

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New Art for Lenexa, Kansas: Body Politic

We’re thrilled to begin work on one of our newest projects for the City of Lenexa, Kansas’s new Civic Center. The piece titled Body Politic is a 3D exploration of sharing public spaces with others. This idea is illustrated through the use of silhouetted figures laser-cut into two large, stainless steel spheres lit brightly from within with colorful LED lighting. “Public spaces are all about looking at the silhouettes of others and judging their feelings, receptivity to contact, their past, their station in life, and what they are currently thinking. […]

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Method, Madness: Science & Art Panel at Creative Machines

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 […]

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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. We have lots of photos from the ball machine fabrication shop of this whimsical sculpture coming together below! Be sure to check out the last blog post about this project HERE to see the very beginning stages of fabrication.

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