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Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines

From a 2014 exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the Marvelous Machines of Rowland Emett, an English cartoonist and maker of fantastical mechanical contraptions. Emett lived and worked in Birmingham for 30 years, designed the machines for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and was a successful illustrator throughout his life.

Birmingham Magazine introduces the exhibition in this comprehensive video:

The Ontario Science Centre also exhibited their collection of Emett’s whimsical kinetic sculptures from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016:

There’s more automata, more kinetic sculptures, and more machines on this site. Plus enjoy a kiddo favorite: Metropolis II at the LACMA.

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