"Mechanics Alive!!" Exhibition

  • (Temporary Exhibition)
  • When: 27 July - 30 September 2007 | 10:30-21:00
  • Where: Gallery 2, TCDC

How does a simple wooden mechanical sculpture manage to capture your imagination? Discover what happens when mechanics meets imagination in the world of automata from the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.

Free admission

How does a simple wooden mechanical sculpture manage to capture your imagination? Discover what happens when mechanics meets imagination in the world of automata from the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.

Seven renowned automata designers from the UK showcase their wit, satire, and craftsmanship in 38 mechanical stories. Paul Spooner’s “Anubis” series, depicts the Egyptian god of death in mundane acts like sit-ups, as a mockery of the human obsession for youth. Peter Markey draws on his painter’s background to add colour and suspense to a hunt in “Large Green Jungle”. And Keith Newstead uses exposed mechanical parts as fish jumping into a cat’s mouth in “Fish Tank in the Sky”.

Each sculpture is a keen observation of people, animals and everyday life, unraveling the mechanical principles which determine all our movements. “Mechanics Alive!!” is a collaboration between TCDC and the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, London.


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