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Arts Republic – Molly Fletcher & Tom Wilkinson

We make all kinds of mechanical art; automata, environmental kinetic art and mechanical props. Automata are interactive machines, like miniature theatres that tell a story with movement, lighting and sound effects. Previously shown at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Covent Garden and the V&A Museum, Bethnal Green, we now have them at Glasgow Museum of Art, Marvin's Marvellous Mechanical Museum, Detroit, Kent Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre

Automata/donation boxes
Automata are like miniature theatres showing 3D cartoons that comment on life, as we know it. Made by blending papier-mâché and microcomputer technology, automata are antidotes to the machine-made modern world. Even with super-real computer games, once you have experienced and interacted with an automaton, you never forget it.

Donation Bird Box from Max Wilkinson on Vimeo.

We specialise in kinetic sculpture that moves by sun, water and wind power. We sometimes use recycled materials for making our sculpture, such as plastic fizzy drinks bottles, which being light, tough and waterproof are perfect for wind sculpture. What amazing things plastic bottles are, they last for years and yet we use them once, have a quick swig and then throw them away.

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