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Joseph O'Connell

Tucson, AZ

"Pioneering new ways to inspire wonder and imagination."
Creative Machines is a group of visionary artists, engineers, and fabricators doing world-class work for clients everywhere from their base in Tucson, AZ. We are a multi-disciplinary firm whose abilities span exhibition design, ball machine sculptures, and monumental public art. We create monumental and human-scaled work that is beautiful at first glance but yields deeper rewards with continued interaction. Our work is rooted in science, perception and history.

Founded by Joe O'Connell in 1995, Creative Machines has been making dynamic experiences for museums, science centers, libraries, hospitals, university campuses, transit stops, art museums, children’s museums, trade shows, professional conferences, private residences, and public spaces across the globe. Regardless of the time of day, someone somewhere is enjoying our work.

A palette of steel, acrylic and colored light allows us to create unique effects. Light is one of the strongest connective threads that run through our work, and we believe in light’s emotive power and its ability to enliven a space. Rooted in science, perception, and history, our monumental and human-scaled work is beautiful at first glance and yields deeper rewards with continued interaction.
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