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Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur Automaton by Dug North - AVAILABLE

Watch as The Mighty Mekanikos tests his strength against the raging Minotaur! This epic battle draws the crowds and their money in every time, but little do spectators know that the act is not what it claims to be. Scroll down to see a video of this piece, additional information, images, and purchasing information.

My goal for this piece was to create more organic forms of motion. The minotaur figure has a ball-and-socket joint at his pelvis, which allows him to thrash about when the chains strapped to his wrists are pulled in sequence by a mechanism below.

Though it seems as if the strongman, Mekanikos, is tugging against the minotaur, in reality the monster is driving all of the strongman's many subtle motions via a hidden linkage.

The scene inside the box reveals that this sideshow is hoax. The minotaur is a fake, driven by a hidden worker cranking away below the stage. Beside him, another worker assembles a backup minotaur.

Images of Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur automaton

Image of the stage area
Upper Level
Image of the strongman
Mekanikos Detail
Image of workers below the stage
Full view of Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur
Full View

Image of the area below the stage
Lower Level
Image of the strongman
Mekanikos Pulling
Close-up image of the monster figure
Minotaur Detail
Image of the miniature elements showing a card game in progress
Card Game Detail

Purchasing Information for Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur

This piece required the most time to create of any of my automata to date.

In addition to inventing a novel method of animating the monster figure, I created dozens of elements from scratch including the backdrop, signs, flags, flooring, posters, toolbox, tools, crate, stool, barrel, bucket, ashtray, and beer bottles. Everything is hand-carved or otherwise handmade.

I am proud of the final product and pleased to offer it for sale for the first time.

Automaton Details and Highlights:

  • 20" high x 14" wide x 11" deep
  • Brass, steel, basswood, bamboo, oak, baltic birch ply, assorted hardwoods, tagua nut, paper, leather, braided cord
  • Featured on the online home of Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman
  • Featured at World Maker Faire 2012, and winner of three Editor's Choice Awards
  • Dozens of scratch-built miniature elements
  • Unique device for moving the monster and strongman
  • Cusomized poster graphics
  • This is a one-of-kind original piece by Dug North

Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur

Price: $6525.00*

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*Tax and shipping within 48 conntiguous United States will be added to the price at checkout. If shipping beyond this area, please contact me before placing an order. Additional shipping charges will apply.

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