Monday, January 25, 2010

DaVinci's Last Supper - automaton by Phalibois

Shown here is a rare automaton by the famous maker Phalibois representing Davinci's painting The Last Supper. It is a large scene-style automaton measuring about four feet in length. It could be the only one of its kind in the world.

The Last Supper automaton will be going to auction along with one of Pierrot Serenading the Moon by Vichy, and another large scale scene of a ship rocking on the ocean in front of a rotating backdrop of a city shoreline in Europe.

These three automata were featured in a traveling exhibition that toured Europe, Australia and New Zealand in the early 1920s, under the name of The London Mechanical and Electrical exhibition.

The auction is to be held on 25th February 2010 in New Zealand by Art+Objects under the name "The Newman Collection".

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Exploding and reassembling picture with gears

Here is a great wall-mounted kinetic sculpture featuring wooden gears and other wooden mechanical parts. The mechanism makes the frame of the piece come apart, then come back together. The piece is driven by an electric motor.

[ Thanks Art! ]

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Featured Maker: David Archer

Automaton by David ArcherI encourage you to visit the web site of Australian artist, David Archer.

Like many automata makers, Archer is adept at combining humor with mechanics. He says on his site, "One of the rewards for me as an artist, is the chuckle someone has as they look into one of the little scenarios I have created!"

But, look a little closer and you will find some substantial themes in his work. He enjoys approaching social issues though humor.

I've had the pleasure of seeing some of his work first-hand, and he really has a wonderful, colorful style with great attention to detail.

Visit Archer's Arcadia online.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Kangaroo Automata

Michael Molesworth is an automata-maker from Australia. Among his many Australia-themed works are several that feature the Kangaroo. Check out his work and his insightful take on automata in the "What are Automata?" section of his site.

Take a look at this Wooden Kangaroo Automaton

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