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What is an automaton?

In the early days, the goal of the automata artist was to replicate life as closely as possible. With the advent of contemporary automata, that goal has shifted somewhat. Humor, whimsicality, and fanciful situations have come to the fore. Still,  automata, old and new, share certain characteristics. They are mechanically driven, either by hand cranks or motors, they are expressions of artistic endeavor regardless of their builders’ backgrounds, and they are representational, containing moving human or animal figures or recognizable inanimate objects from real life. Please look around our website and contact us with any questions or comments.

Camel Simulator –Paul Spooner

Man with Some Restraints –Pat Keck

Automaton mechanism

Pulpo –David Bowman