New York Construction Worker





Introduction: New York Construction Worker

Last year I was asked to make an automata for a cruise liner on the theme of 'New York'. It had to be hand operated and funny. I remembered an old black and white photo I had once seen of construction workers taking their lunch break whilst sitting on a steel girder hundreds of feet above New York. I decided to use this image as my starting point. 

Step 1:

I decided to use two movments. The worker would lift his sandwich to his mouth, his mouth would open, his arm would drop down again and he would appear to chew. This would be achieved by connecting the arm and mouth to two levers in the base, via thin string. The two levers would be operated by cams, round, slowly rotating discs of plywood on which imformation can be stored. The arm linkage was rather complicated but gave a good movment.

Step 2:

The girders are made from wood which is then sprayed with red oxide primer.

Step 3:

The base of thhe automata is basicly an open box with two supports for the cam shaft (srainless Steel)

Step 4:

The control strings are guided behind the girders using pully wheels. I could have used metal hoops but this would have cause too much friction

Step 5:

The finished automata.It has been painted with a primer and four coats of acrylic.



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    I've seen some of your stuff on Pinterest and its amazing. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing this.

    omigosh .... TOO adorable!! ( :^D

    LOVE this! My husbands grandfather was in the photo Lunch Atop a Sky Scraper (3rd from the left) - this is so amazing!

    Really like the model ,would it be possible to buy plans from

    Can you please give a few measurements to give us a sense of scale? Or maybe a photo with your hand or dollar bill.

    Fantastic, really enjoyed it!

    Concept to execution to ible, strong work.


    your work is so much much beauty, i realy felt in love with it.
    i'd become a fan of your work.

    thx for giving the world these art, it shows all, that the brain could be used for some other thing than war, corruption and hate.


    Nice work! He looks like a Spooner...
    Here's one of mine.