The Fruit of Our Labors is a handmade wooden clockwork automaton by Steve Armstrong of Lexington, Kentucky.
This work shows his typically wonderful treatment of the human figures. In addition, the piece makes great use of an escapement mechanism -- an escape wheel, escape lever, crutch, and pendulum -- more commonly found in clocks. The escapement releases the energy contained in a weight in a slow, measured way, allowing the piece to perform for over 2 minutes.
See other works by Steve Armstrong from September 18th to October 28th (2011) at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art located at 511 North Water Street Tuscumbia, Alabama.