Video of this kinetic sculpture made the rounds on various blogs some time ago, but I don't think I ever got around to posting it here. This fascinating piece is by multidisciplinary artist Levi van Veluw.
Each facet of the unusually shaped object is actually a door covered with wood veneer. When opened, they reveal a lone figure, also covered in wood and surrounded by small cubes suspended in air by thin wires. A lever on the base of the sculpture allows a hidden clockwork motor to be wound, while another sets the piece in motion. In motion, the seated figure slowly rotates, while each of the small cubes does too, requiring 100 gears total. Here's a shot of the mechanism inside the base.
You can see more photos of this automaton by Levi van Veluw on his web site.
[ Thanks Jan!]