Monday, 15 July 2013
Saturday, 13 April 2013
This automaton is about Anne Killigrew who lived in my home town Falmouth UK Its been commission by the Falmouth Art Gallery. Anne Killigrew (1660—1685) was an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She was however a skilful poet in her own right, and her Poems were published posthumously in 1686. Dryden compared her poetic abilities to the famous Greek poet of antiquity, Sappho. She also was a painter, only 3 of her painting survive out 0f 30. Killigrew died of smallpox aged 25.
Saturday, 16 March 2013
Nero The Lion 2013 81 cm High (32 Inches} wood and Metal Coin operated Automaton. Automata mechanical kinetic sculpture. In the 1920s a lion scape from a traveling fair in Birmingham for 3 days until it was capture with the football net of the famous Aston Villa football club. This is a coin operated automaton, commission by the Aston Hall Museum, One of Birmingham's most treasured buildings. Redisplayed as part of the development project, Aston Hall boasts sumptuous interiors from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including the magnificent Long Gallery. Display rooms illustrate the part Aston Hall and its residents played in key moments in history, including the English Civil War, and how it prepared to receive royalty on more than one occasion.