We have been asked what draws us to creating automata. While we enjoy creating static figures there is something extra special when the figure “comes to life”. We think of them first as puppets and marionettes but using mechanisms to perform as the puppeteer. The moving figure, for just a moment, draws the observer into their mysterious world.
For the observer there is a difference between viewing a sculpted figure and being entertained by a puppet or marionette without visible means behind the movement. But the joy of watching a puppet show is as close to the feeling we want to achieve when creating an automaton.