This exhibition of Tim Lewis' witty automata and kinetic sculptures will appeal equally to families and contemporary art lovers.
The exhibition includes the popular Mule Make Mule (which featured in the museum's recent automata show) and a number of Lewis’ other larger automata and kinetic sculptures from 1991 to 2018, selected by the artist and displayed in settings designed by him.
Lewis' sculptures include a variety of machines that react to the people and environment around them. Many of the works are interactive, springing to life when a handle is turned. Others are large scale 'stroboscopic' artworks that spin and explode with movement and colour. These works defy easy categorization but are inspired by the traditions of kinetic art, the development of photography and genetics.
This interactive show is intended to draw attention to and stimulate debate on similarities and differences from Heath Robinson’s creations – acknowledged by Lewis himself as a profound influence on his own production.