Homo Faber

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


This illustrative map, for the most part in wood marquetry, represents Sainte-Croix and L'Auberson. These two Swiss towns are centres for the development of watchmaking, art mechanics and music boxes. The surrounding relief – both towns are situated at an altitude of over 1,000 metres – has been modelled in three dimensions and milled from composite material. Turning a handle rotates the map on an off-centre axis and thus makes it possible to observe, through a magnifying glass, various emblematic locations. Each of these workshops, manufacturing facilities or institutions is represented by a half-sphere in polished steel, the shape and finish of which is used in certain timepieces manufactured in the region.

Detailed Features

Type: Automaton
Dimensions: 120 H x 80 Ø cm
Material: Wood veneer, Staron®, stainless steel, magnifying glass, brass, aluminium, copper
Date: 2022

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