Ducks don’t spend all their time swimming and quacking. Sometimes they just stand there. As the poet says: “Nothing, like something, happens anywhere”.
Among the materials used in this piece are remnants of pitch pine thrown out of a Methodist chapel which were recycled into kitchen cupboards, dumped again when the taste for shabby chic kitchens waned, then carefully planed, squared and ducktail jointed to form the enclosures for the ducks and their workings.
The piece stands on four feet carved to look like oranges, commonly used as an accompaniment to duck dishes.
As this exploded view clearly shows, a ratchet mechanism flips the triangular message prism clockwise through 60º when the brass pawl is pressed downwards. On the left side of the prism a single pin depresses a lever whose other end pushes the worm out of its hole in the ground. On releasing the pawl a steel coil spring and a bronze hairpin spring reset it for the next flip of the message prism.
Made in an edition of 10. There will be no more.
Dimensions: H 135mm x W 70mm x D 45mm