THE BEST Automata

Tiny Automata

Tiny Automata

Back in 2017, artist Federico Tobon of wolfCat Workshop built a series of 29 tiny kinetic sculptures from wood, wire, and paper, each of which was brought to life by simply turning a crank. There are lots of nifty designs, but the walking man and the creature with spinning eyes at the end are our faves.

LEGO Cross-country Skier

LEGO Cross-country Skier

LEGO fanatic Jason Allemann continues to add to his collection of sweet brick-built automatons. His latest construction is a mechanized cross-country skier who effortlessly glides across the smooth LEGO snow below his tiny plastic feet.

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LEGO Voyageurs Automaton

LEGO Voyageurs Automaton

Jason of JK Brickworks shows off another slick mechanical LEGO build – a canoe being paddled by a pair of brick-built French-Canadian fur traders. Like his other models, it can be hand-cranked or run with a LEGO Power Functions motor. More build details here.

Water Droplet Automata

Water Droplet Automata

Created by designer Dean O’ Callaghan, this wooden kinetic sculpture replicates the movement of a droplet as it splashes into a pool of water. We wonder how much further the design could be taken to add more ripples.

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