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Joe O'Connell

Tucson, AZ, 85714, US

Phone: 520-294-0939

Profile Type: artist

  • Experiential & Interactive
  • Light Art
  • Public Works
  • Sculpture

About

Since 1995 Joe O'Connell and his studio Creative Machines have been creating dynamic experiences and objects for public spaces, hospitals, libraries, university campuses, transit stops, museums, science centers and trade shows across the globe. 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.

My Projects

  • Ballroom Luminoso

    Sponsored by PASA and the City of San Antonio, Ballroom Luminoso attempts to revitalize a...

  • Fish Bellies

    Composed of layers of frosted acrylic, Fish Bellies’ large biomorphic forms draw inspiration from the...

    • Interactive
    • Educational Facilities
    • Experiential
    • Abstract
    • Mixed Media
  • Wondrous

    At night, three of the world’s most powerful LEDs project intense color through hundreds of...

  • Toby

    Griffins originally perched on the corners of the Carnegie Library overlooking Scott Avenue in Tucson....

  • Bike Church

    Bike Church is walk-in metal sculpture located in a community-created park and constructed from recycled...

  • Wandering Stars

    Wandering Stars is a colorful, chaotic ‘swarm’ of elements that invite interactivity and celebration at...

  • Cocoon

    Cocoon is an engaging, illuminated sculpture that you can walk through and feel yourself transformed...

  • Watercolor Wall

    Watercolor Wall allows people to explore a rainbow of colors with just a touch. Visitors...

  • Utah Bit and Mine

    Utah Bit and Mine consists of two interactive light sculptures that celebrate the identity, history...

  • Cyclorama

    Cyclorama is a series of four sculptures placed between the Theater and Music buildings that...

  • Brilliance

    A family of six sculptures placed throughout the plaza between the Palo Alto Main Library...

  • Chinook Arc

    Chinook Arc is an interactive, illuminated sculpture located at the edge of the Barb Scott...

  • Heart Beacon

    Heart Beacon is an illuminated sculptures created to reflect the life-saving mission of the new...

  • piole Kabuto

    piole Kabuto is an abstract interactive sculpture composed of polished stainless steel. The sculpture marries...

  • Texas Rising

    Texas Rising is a three-dimensional exploration of a five-pointed star. It consists of six sculptures...

  • Wings Over Water

    Wings Over Water is a monumental kinetic sculpture integrated into a fountain outside of the...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Convention Center
    • Experiential
    • Animals
    • Metal
  • Lenses

    Lenses is an illuminated architectural facade wrapping around the parking garage of the Scottsdale Quarter,...

    • Light Art
    • Parking Garages
    • Beautify Space
    • Abstract
    • LED
  • Latent Energy

    The sculpture Latent Energy depicts a portion of a hydrocarbon molecule transitioning from its liquid...

    • Light Art
    • Educational Facilities
    • Celebrate Culture
    • Science
    • Mixed Media
  • Stories Interweave

    Stories Interweave was inspired by the variety and diversity of languages spoken in Aurora with...

    • Suspended Sculpture
    • Bridges, Roundabouts and Roadways
    • Community Building
    • Metal
  • Convergence

    Convergence is a three-dimensional array of engineering equations cut out of steel ribbons. From a...

    • Suspended Sculpture
    • Educational Facilities
    • Inspiration
    • Science
    • Metal
  • Earth’s Blanket

    Earth’s Blanket consists of a series of six chemistry-themed sculptures that represent important molecules: water,...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Educational Facilities
    • Community Building
    • Science
    • Mixed Media
  • Le Reve de Newton

    Le Reve de Newton is a visual exploration of the concept of energy located at...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Museums and Galleries
    • Visual Storytelling
    • Science
    • Metal
  • Camaraderie

    Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures nestled outside a veteran’s clinic in San...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Healthcare
    • Healing
    • Metal
  • Small Talk About the Weather

    Located in a pedestrian corridor in downtown Oklahoma City, Small Talk about the Weather makes...

    • Suspended Sculpture
    • Parks
    • Raise Awareness
    • Environmental
    • Light
  • Crescent

    Crescent is an art piece inspired by the crescent symbol that is used to represent...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Hotels and Resorts
    • Celebrate Culture
    • Spiritual
    • Metal
  • Body Politic

    Body Politic is a series of two spherical sculptures measuring at 7ft and 5ft in...

    • Sculpture: Figurative
    • Recreation Center or Civic Center
    • Experiential
    • People
    • Metal
  • Color Wash

    Color Wash is a colorful experience that presents the familiar image of flowing water in...

    • Architectural Glass
    • Bridges, Roundabouts and Roadways
    • Transform a Space
    • Water
    • Glass
  • As Above So Below

    As Above, So Below is a sculpture series located at the Four Seasons Hotel in...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Hotels and Resorts
    • Geometric
    • Mixed Media
  • Bloom

    Bloom is a group of fourteen colorful kinetic sculptures commissioned to transform the entrance stairwell...

    • Wall Art
    • Healthcare
    • Welcome / Attract Visitors
    • Botanical
    • Metal
  • Elements

    Elements is a stainless steel teardrop sculpture composed of bands with the word “elements” in...

    • Light Art
    • Residential
    • Beautify Space
    • Contemporary
    • Metal
  • Growing Home

    Growing Home is a site specific sculpture group that suggests a scene that one might...

    • Sculpture: Figurative
    • Plazas
    • Placemaking
    • Nature
    • Metal
  • Rising Star

    Rising Star is a stainless steel star in the process of pushing itself out of...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Residential
    • Geometric
    • Metal
  • Sprouts

    Sprouts is a series of perforated, curvilinear sculptures that reference the form of a plant...

    • Sculpture: Abstract
    • Healthcare
    • Beautify Space
    • Nature
    • Metal