Homo Faber

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Presented by logo Homo Faber by Michelangelo Foundation
© ECAL_Santiago Martinez © ECAL_Santiago Martinez


This automaton features a mechanical arm trying to touch a small bird. The bird’s shape and finish are reminiscent of the automata inside clocks and music boxes made in the region. Whenever the arm gets too close, the bird moves out of reach and immediately hides under a trap… only to reappear and for this game of hide-and-seek to begin again. This interaction between the two figures, which have been 3D-printed in titanium, is made possible simply by a series of cams: parts that transmit and transform the movement of a mechanism. The metal figures’ specific, asymmetrical shape produces a completely random rhythm which makes the scene all the more realistic and amusing.

Detailed Features

Type: Automaton
Dimensions: 75 L x 30 W x 160 H cm
Material: Titanium, carbon composite, brass, aluminium, stainless steel, lacquered wood
Date: 2022

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