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 […]

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 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!  

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.

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.

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 […]

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. […]

Latent Energy Installation

Latent Energy has made it to Huntsville, Texas! Our team Kim Kwasny and Brandon Toland are hard at work installing the massive hydrocarbon molecule. The sculpture is being installed in front of the Fred Pirkle Engineering & Technology Center located at the west entrance of Sam Houston State University. We can’t wait to see the finished piece!

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!

Color Wash Install

Color Wash was installed this week at the Pantano Wash Bank and River Park in Tucson, Arizona. Color Wash is a colorful experience that presents the familiar image of flowing water in a new way. The public art installation adds vivid color to the already sculptural form of an arched bridge. Check back for photos of the completed project!

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. […]

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!