These are amazing: Paul Spooner from the UK, who is an automata artist, has cleverly created mechanical sculptures which act out dark and absurd scenes with a brilliant sense of humour. They’re all hand-crafted and work with the winding of a handle.
You can also see more of Paul’s and others work from The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre at the Exploratorium in San Francisco as part of the Curious Contraptions exhibition, which starts today (November 17) and runs through to January 29, 2017.
Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama that often reflects its maker’s dark and very British sense of humor. Exposed inner workings encourage visitors to investigate the low-tech mechanisms used to make these automata move. Additional exhibits offer a closer look at the most common simple mechanisms. This special exhibition features more than 20 charming and often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Their whimsical characters are brought to life by intricate arrangements of cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.