I'm still in the design phase of my current automaton, so wasn't planning on sharing it until much later. Well, something happened last weekend to change that. The Lowell Folk Festival was held last weekend. The smallish city where I lived completely filled with people coming to hear all kinds of folk music. I was asked to help out for a little while at a tent providing information about the Arts League of Lowell of which I am a member. On a whim, I grabbed my piece-in-progress as I was heading out to do my two hour volunteer stint.
I turned the crank on this piece for two straight hours in the middle of downtown Lowell. It was beta and stress testing at the same time! I got to see the reaction of a broad range of people, which was both interesting and informative. The mechanism held up quite well.
I am flattered that so many people stopped to take a look while on their way from one performance to another. This video was taken by one of those people.
The video is short, I know. It is just a sneak peek. The piece doesn't even have a title and won't be done for a while yet. I do hope you enjoy trying to figure out what the heck is going on in the automaton's scene!
UPDATE: I was thrilled and honored to have this video posted on BoingBoing.net on August 2nd, 2011 under the title Crazed giant beast hand-cranked automaton protoype. Thank you!
[ Thanks Ann! ]