Camaraderie Installed!

  “When you are in a dangerous spot, no one wants to be alone. We have to survive together.” “We never forget the people we served with. Even if we don’t talk to them, we always think of them.” “We are a family. We are serious about what we have to do. You never have to worry about someone undermining you. It is all about helping and making sure that everyone is OK.” “It’s kind of a family deal. But they are closer than family.” These are some of the […]

Camaraderie Ships to San Jose

The fabrication of Camaraderie is complete! If you haven’t been following our progress, Camaraderie is a series of 3 stainless steel sculptures that celebrate the unique and enduring companionships that are built within the United States military tradition. Recently, we carefully wrapped up the massive metal sculptures and got them ready for the journey to their home in a new VA clinic in San Jose, California. Check out some photos of our team loading up the colossal shipment below, and stay tuned for blog posts on Camaraderie’s installation and finished […]

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2017

2017 has been a busy year for us at Creative Machines. Wings Over Water won Best Art Installation in Houston Press’s Best of Houston 2017 issue. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, for whom we built the endless array of interactive exhibits, won Best Museum + Best Family Fun Spot for 2017 for the Santa Barbara Independent’s Best of Santa Barbara issue, among other recognitions. These projects wouldn’t be successful without the support of the communities that continuously engage with our work, and for that we thank you. […]

Best of Instagram!

It’s time for another installment of The Best of Instagram (check out the first one here). We love seeing your photos of our art on social media. Seeing visitors interact with and enjoy our work breaths life into what we do. So, we’ve collected some of our favorites to share with you! Be sure to visit their profiles to like or comment. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #creativemachines when posting online so we don’t miss any of your awesome photos! Instagram user Christine Duval enjoys Brilliance at the Palo […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!  

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!  

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.

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 […]

Latent Energy Fabrication Update

Our fabrication team is still working hard on Latent Energy, the public art piece designed for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The individual molecules have taken shape and are now being attached to large vertical beams. The height of the sculpture will create a monumental experience for the students and faculty of Sam Houston State University. The next step of fabrication will be powder coating the stainless steel frame. Check back for more photos as we make progress on Latent Energy!

Latent Energy Fabrication

We have begun fabrication on Latent Energy! This sculpture will be permanently installed in front of the brand new Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center located at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The new center marks the main entrance to the west side of SHSU. The sculpture will be made up of many acrylic spheres held together in a steel frame. The forms will represent molecules rising out of the ground. Our goal for this piece is to draw attention to the celebrated new facilities while creating an iconic gateway to the […]

Latent Energy Prototype

We are very excited to announce a new public art sculpture we are designing for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The piece will be installed outside the new Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center located at the west entrance of the campus. The center will house new facilities for the Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences. Our goal was to design a work of art that celebrates The Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center and SHSU’s signature programs while also creating an iconic entry point to the SHSU campus. […]

Din Don Restoration Update

Our ball machine team has been busy meticulously cleaning, repairing and reconstructing Din Don, a monumental ball machine sculpture from Kobe, Japan made by famed kinetic artist George Rhodes in 1992. Once the restoration is complete, the sculpture will again be disassembled, crated, and then make its way back to Kobe Harborland with Creative Machine’s ball machine team. From there, they will piece the sculpture back together and get it ready to bring joy and wonder back into the lives of those who visit Kobe Harborland for years to come! […]

Best of Instagram!

We love seeing your photos of our public art on social media. This week we collected some of our favorite shots from instagram to share. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #creativemachines when posting online so we don’t miss any of your awesome photos!

Stories Interweave Installed in Aurora, Colorado!

Last week, Stories Interweave, was completely installed under the Colfax Avenue Bridge in Aurora, CO. The 8 brilliantly lit chandelier sculptures were all hung under the bridge so they can be seen glowing at all times of day. After sunset, when the glowing effect is most apparent, it’s easy to read the words and phrases that make up each of the panels. The words are stories gathered from immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers residing in Aurora and describe their personal experiences, but also reflect larger universal themes of change and […]

Din Don Restoration!

In addition to building new and exciting ball machines, Creative Machines also restores older kinetic sculptures that are in need of maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. The Din Don Ball Machine from Kobe, Japan was originally built in 1992, and after many years of providing entertainment and joy to thousands of people it was time for a little much needed TLC! Watch the beginning of the restoration process unravel below, and be sure to look out for our next post which will document more behind the scenes details as the ball […]