March 19, 2012 by sarah · Comments Off
The latest in the series of Magic Automata from French Artist, Pierre Mayer.
This automaton differs from the previous one: the Fechner‚??s levitation. It uses a completely different principle, no magnets this time. Laetitia floats in the air when you turn the handle and the arms raise. A mirror at her back shows there is nothing to hide and creates a perfect illusion for this levitation. Also the flames from the candles twirl and move up.
The piece was inspired by Richard Garriott’s wife, at their wedding in Paris last year.
Height: 25 cm
Width: 19 cm
¬£1575 (Excl. VAT)
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