The Music Man is a kinetic sculpture I've been tooling away over for the past 5 years. It's an automaton made from various musical instrument parts. His lungs are a miniature accordion. His head is like a violin. The tendons of his arms are like violin strings.
When he is wound up, he plays himself in a macabre, woeful tune.
Supposedly, the wreckage of a ship washed up onto shore. Broken instruments were scattered about amongst the seaweed and assembled themselves into this character. He now haunts a small fishing village by the sea.
The work involves intricate wood carving, machining, puppetry and some rather involved engineering. I'm hoping the final result will be entirely clockwork, driven only by springs. I've worked quite hard in the design to achieve something that will be incredibly fluid and lifelike.
I hoping that with some help I can complete something that's been a dream of mine for close to 10 years.
- (90 days)