It all started in 1996 with an idea, an angel, and a motor... Renowned California conceptual and installation artist David Ireland approached Gizmo founder Mark Sabatino with the idea for a sculpture consisting of a ceiling-mounted, suspended fiberglass angel, rotating over a circle of cement statuary. Based on a conversation and a napkin sketch (literally), Mark - then working as Chief Preparator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - helped Ireland realize his vision, from locating components, to tackling engineering challenges, to testing, fabricating, and installing the piece. Ireland’s “Angel-Go-Round’ was realized and Gizmo was born.
Since that time, Gizmo has helped numerous artists, museums, and companies realize their visions. Leveraging a shared passion for art with technical and design wizardry, our team has shepherded countless projects to success over the years. Gizmo’s services have expanded beyond fabrication and installation to include exhibit and interactive design, prototyping, project management and the handling, transportation and storage of fine art works.
From designing and building indoor and outdoor sculptures and museum exhibits, to helping artists navigate the intricacies of a complex project, it’s rare to find a design-build challenge Gizmo can’t meet. These days our diverse client list includes Bay Area institutions such as the California Academy of Sciences and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, to the California Department of Water Resources, the Oklahoma Museum Network, and the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum in Salt Lake City, along with cutting-edge artists such as Ned Kahn, Jim Campbell, Reuben Margolin, Peter Richards, and Michael Davis.
We have experience working with a great variety of materials, environments, timelines, and budgets. Through our work, Gizmo has developed a solid reputation for high quality, value-driven results no matter what your need is.
Gizmo Art Production is a proud supporter of the American Alliance of Museums and the Western Museums Association.