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Sketchbook Moment No.3

September 29, 2008 by · Comments Off 

A robot creating his own pizza.
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Sketchbook Moment No.2

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Les Voyeurs – a typical European art installation of the 1960′s.
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Sketchbook Moment No.1

September 15, 2008 by · Comments Off 

“Isn’t it time you put a bit more seriousness into your work?” “We’re all going to die. Isn’t that serious enough for you?”
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Tinkering with PIE

September 10, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Over the past 10 years we have worked regularly with Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson from the Exploratorium, in San Francisco.  Read more

Goat in the Bath

September 10, 2008 by · Comments Off 

To celebrate our new website we have commissioned a new edition (only 2!) of a couple of old favourite from the Fourteen Balls Toy Company. Firstly, the Goat in the Bath left.

This humorous scene presents a symphony of subtle motion – legs pumping, arms beating, ears flopping, a duck swimming. The goat runs a bath and the bath literally runs away! (Don’t keep it too near the bath though), and secondly The Hula Hooper. Japanese artist Kazu Harada has a new piece too, the wonderful Cat.

The Circus

September 8, 2008 by · Comments Off 

This drawing is based on an exhibit, The Circus, Paul Spooner made for The Modern Automata Museum in Italy. Read more

Springs Sprockets & Pulleys

September 5, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Springs Sprockets & Pulleys: The Mechanical Sculptures of Steve Gerberich, Waterloo Center, Iowa, USA until January 2009.

We are great fans of Steve Gerberich and his work, so if you are in Iowa before the end of the year a visit to this exhibition is highly recommended.
There is also a great program of workshops and talks.
Press a button or crank a wheel and Steve Gerberich’s sculptures come to life. A flock of decoy geese overhead flap open suitcase wings. A wooden cow with hooves clad in high-top sneakers is milked endlessly by an over-enterprising farmer.
Constructed from old machine parts, kitchen utensils, pieces of furniture, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys and carnival figurines, Gerberich’s work offers viewers a unique way to interact with contemporary sculpture, explore the principles of simple mechanical motion or simply ponder the remarkable inventiveness of art.

Giant Mechanical Sculpture in Liverpool

September 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Something unforgettable is about to happen in Liverpool as a highlight of the Liverpool European Capital of Culture celebrations. Vast in scale and spectacular in execution, this breathtaking new commission from La Machine will spin a tale so magical that an entire city will fall under its spell. Read more