Mechanical Figures Come to Life at the Fleet Science Center

| October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Fleet Science Center is pleased to announce the opening of Mechanics Alive, featuring exhibits from the Cabaret Mechanical Theater. The engaging traveling exhibition gives visitors an up?close look at a collection of wonderful automata. It opens October 9, 2021, at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and will be on view through January 17, 2022. This exhibition is included with regular admission to the Fleet Science Center.

As visitors enter the curious world of Mechanics Alive, they are delighted with a fun-filled, interactive experience that combines science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). This exhibition explores small, surreal worlds through fantastical and amusing mechanical sculptures known as automata.  

Mechanics Alive is a visually stunning and playful experience where guests can marvel at humorous and thought-provoking automata that come to life at the push of a button or pull of a lever. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, gears, cranks and other basic mechanical elements. The exposed inner workings of these creations reveal how each piece comes to life. 

In addition to the collection of automata, visitors can learn about the artists who made the pieces and the revival of this inspiring art form. Artists include Matt Smith, Keith Newstead, Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner and Ron Fuller. 

“Mechanics Aliveis a great opportunity that brings art and science together in an engaging and unique way,” said Paul Siboroski, Exhibits Director at the Fleet Science Center.” The artists’ pieces on display are funny, whimsical and you can actually see how the mechanics work. I bet everyone will pick a favorite.”

In conjunction with this exhibition, exciting workshops and other opportunities to explore the world of automata will be available in Studio X, the makerspace at the Fleet Science Center.

Funny and whimsical is Mechanical Alive Milk.

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