Keith Newstead has started making wonderful automata from the flotsam which arrives regularly at his local beach in Cornwall. The contents of containers lost at sea sometimes contain large amounts of the same, often colourful cargo, (lighters or legos). This piece is called ‘Sad Frog’ and is a one-off design. Height 24cm. £295. SOLD
The Garden of Mechanical Knowledge. Converting (A) rotary motion into (B) linear motion. Click image to enlarge.
Interestingly, the motion derived from the smooth helical cam is jerky because the ratchet moves it in a series of 12 steps. The pin in the foreground moves back and forth picking a tooth at a time. The follower, the steel lever at top right, on which rests a brass button, is lifted in 12 […]
Miami icebreakerMiami has never seen anything like it before. It’s not me saying that, it’s Dr Andrew R Hirschl, respected dentist of that parish, and he’s talking about the exhibition, which opened at the Miami Science Museum last weekend, an exhibition that runs all the way to September. ‘Amazing, amusing machines combine art and science’ […]
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre opened their new permanent exhibition in Glasgow at the new Trongate 103 Centre last September. They have a daily programme of performances of their incredible machines, (prices from £4 per adult, and children are free). Sharmanka also do a lot of work with school groups, and other educational activities. http://www.trongate103.com/129,162/partners/sharmanka_kinetic_theatre/ There is […]
A small collection of CMT automata from AutomatomaniA will be shown during the Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival from 2nd Feb to 6th Feb 2010 Living Mechanicals Travis Theatre Edinburgh
The perfect gift for Valentines, a one-off piece from Carlos Zapata. This a very stunning but gentle piece with a fantastic action as the hand opens and closes. 43 cm. high (17 Inches) Price: £700.00 (excl. VAT)
A new exhibition has just opened at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI. The exhibition features the collection and work of Michael Croft, who will also be giving a lecture “Automata: The Art of Animated Figures” on January 28th at 17.30hrs. Exhibition continues until 14th March 2010 Image – Man Drinking in the […]
Tim’s little shop of chuckles Ever realised there was a product you absolutely needed but that didn’t exist? The kind of thing that chaps used to send new apprentices off to the stores for, like a jar of elbow grease or a bag of shoulder chips – only seriously?
Yule mewscasting HQ CMT is a secret central London location known only to a few thousand cognoscenti, and they all seemed to be there for the Christmas spell casting. This is where making magic is serious fun, and the CMT Christmas gathering is the summit meeting for devoted funsters. I’m not talking about magic tricks, […]