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, […]

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.

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.

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!

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 […]

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2018

2018 has been a great year for Creative Machines! We have installed our public art pieces in extraordinary cities around the country, begun sculpture and exhibit projects for awesome new clients from all over, and have strived to create fresh pieces that push the boundaries of what we have done in the past. Here are some photographic highlights from our projects that dominated 2018! PUBLIC ART Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures nestled outside a veteran’s clinic in San Jose, CA. The piece was inspired by the strong […]

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 […]

Growing Home Ships to 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.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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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