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Sketchbook Moment No. 52

March 21, 2011 by · Comments Off 

PIZZA COPERNICANO / PIZZA TOLOMAICO (the traditional geocentrists stuck with the Ptolomaic option).
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Two Methods for Making Pinwheels Patterns – Dug’s Tips 3

March 15, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Two Methods for Making Pinwheels Patterns

Pinwheels – Gears for the Masses
Gears are very useful to the automata-maker, but they can be tricky to make depending on your knowledge, skills, tools, and patience. Enter pinwheels: gears almost anyone can make! Read more

Automata Workshop at the V&A (2011)

March 11, 2011 by · Comments Off 

CMT will be taking part in a free workshop at the V&A in London on 25th March as part of the Friday Late – Playhouse event.

Performing Machines and Automata

Step into a backstage workshop where mechanical theatre is made and automata perform at the touch of a button. Excercise your making skills in drop-in hands-on workshops. Make an automata to link to others to create a long snaking line of machines by the end of the evening.

Click here for more details:
http://www.firetheinventor.co.uk/events

The First Noble Truth by Arthur Ganson

March 7, 2011 by · Comments Off 

This is a rare piece from Arthur Ganson.

The mechanism is elegant and surprising, the shape of the cam determining how frequently the little man is nudged on the head, the double peak causing the most insistent suffering.

According to the Buddhist way, The First Noble Truth is that life is suffering. To live, you must suffer. It is impossible to live without experiencing some kind of suffering. We have to endure physical suffering like sickness, injury, tiredness, old age and eventually death and we have to endure psychological suffering like loneliness, frustrations, fear, embarrassment, disappointment, anger, etc.

As Arthur says of this piece, “the little guy just sits there taking it…”

W61cm x D19cm x H30cm

Artist’s Proof January 2011

£3,600 (excl. VAT)

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