Automata and animatronic artworks by Philip Lowndes.
These pieces are made predominantly from wood. Partly because it is a beautiful material to work with but also because there is a considerable challenge in making complex mechanisms and pieces out of wood.
Most of these automata have complicated mechanisms which took months of design and experimentation to develop. I retain the first example of each piece as part of my personal collection and for reference purposes and I have a limited production of repeats which are available to order.
The intention of this site is to show my work but also to share the tips and methods that I have discovered whilst making them. To help others start in automata making, a fascinating and diverting hobby, I also sell plans which can be used as a base for a variety of subjects.
I exhibited at a Maker Fair in 2011 and discovered the opportunities that are opened up by the use of sensors and micro-controllers. The attraction of independent interactive pieces was also driven home after 2 days of turning cranks! I have extended the aesthetic of my automata making into animatronics, still using wood wherever possible but with the addition of electronics to bring the pieces to life and enable them to interact with their audience.
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Shy and Quiet Contemplation of a Sandwich on display in the Museum of Automata in South Korea.