Title: Bird, Bellow, Whistle.
Dimensions: Height 83cm x Width 30cm x Depth 30cm.
Materials: Steel, brass, fabric, motor, custom electrics and a feather.
Power: 12v motor
The concept came for the notion of waking up to the wonderful sound of birdsong. Rather than a caged living bird an elaborate mechanically operated sliding whistle has been devised that can be set and activated when required.
“I wanted a piece that could be set, as with an alarm clock, and would allow you start the day gently. I am interested in producing mechanical bird sounds and seeing the cause and effect through a mechanism. For me the making is very important and I wanted to craft every part of the machine, to understand how the bellows are constructed and operate and to get the bird whistle sounding just right.”
Bird, Bellow, Whistle featured in Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams on BBC Four. A documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.
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