Check out this beautiful selection of automata by artist Steve Armstrong represented by the Heike Pickett Gallery.
From the artist's statement:
I create kinetic constructions, often referred to as Automata. My themes are poetic and evocative, sometimes narrative, and almost always charged with personal symbolic content. My work is based in the human figure and realism. I simplify my forms. My inner voice dictates that the figures not be in too nonchalant or too candid a pose, and that the figures be posed in a formal manner, maybe contraposto, sometimes with formal hand gestures.
Here is a link to see more automata by Steve Armstrong.
Here is a link to a video profile of Steve Armstrong I posted back in 2009. It's really good.
[ Thanks Christoph! ]