This automata collection box was commissioned by Plymouth Art Gallery and Museum in 2008. It features a famous local explorer and collector, Gertrude Benham on one of her many exotic and dangerous adventures.
I used an MP3 player to produce Gertrude’s voice and the leopards growl. The bird song comes from a commercially available mechanism.
The whole cycle lasts for 25 seconds and the automata took just over one month to make. It will be installed on a plinth with a perspex cover