Joe O’Connell

Building Beautiful Cities: Making Your Mark with Public Art. -
16:00 pm 10/15/2019
Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Public art is critical for cities and can be a phenomenal experience for the artists who make them. However, many artists are unfamiliar with the process of applying for and successfully winning public art grants and bids. In this panel discussion with some highly-acclaimed public artists, learn about these unique opportunities from conception to execution.

Joe O’Connell founded his studio, Creative Machines, in 1995 to design and fabricate interactive exhibits. In 2004, he began making public art with a strong emphasis on community and interactivity. His work is rooted in science, perception and history and can be enjoyed in museums, science centers, libraries, hospitals, university campuses, transit stops, trade shows, and public spaces across the globe. Their most recent museum project, MOXI, was named one of the ten best new museums in the world by Fodors. In recent years they have designed and built one of the world’s largest outdoor kinetic sculpture, the largest acrylic sculpture, largest scientifically-accurate erupting volcano and the only interactive sculpture with a sustainability theme to be placed on the National Mall in Washington DC. Creative Machines continues to push the envelope of large-scale kinetic sculptures and a new series of machines to address social issues.