If you went to the incredibly innovative Kinetica Art Fair this year, you may have seen Tim Lewis’s bird-like robots.
One month on and he’s rightly been given a considerably larger place to fill at Flowers in Hoxton. Lewis designs and programs moving sculptures to carry out procedures varying from a simple back and forth movement, to the kiwi robot that recognizes and picks up foam cylinders by stabbing at them with its sharp beak.
All of Lewis’s designs have an industrial touch as if they’ve been constructed in someone’s garage. This combined with the ability to see the workings inside his sculptures, gives them a unusual charm and personality that a plastic covered sterile robot wouldn’t be able to achieve.
The creations are all technically awesome but it’s their surreal and strange features that make them special. There is something Dali-esque about a mechanical emu that has opera gloves where its feet and neck should be.
Tim Lewis is a designer whose creations you can admire for both their technical ability and his creative vision.