Tipu’s Tiger

Life size 18th century automaton of tiger eating European man from the Victoria and Albert Museum Life size 18th century automaton of tiger eating European man from the Victoria and Albert Museum (detail of face) Life size 18th century automaton of tiger eating European man from the Victoria and Albert Museum (detail of inner workings)Tipu’s (or Tippoo’s) Tiger is a life-sized wooden mechanical organ made around 1793, depicting a tiger mauling a man in European clothing. When the crank is turned, a hidden mechanism causes the man’s arm to goes up and down, and plays his wails of agony along the growls of the tiger. Under a flap on the tiger’s body there is also a small pipe organ, which can play 18 notes. Continue reading

Strange and lovely, Part One: Translucent bodies in the sculptures of Christina Bothwell

Christina Bothwell, 'Kundalini', 2011

Christina Bothwell, ‘Kundalini’, 2011. Cast glass, window glass, raku clay, found objects, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell, 'Samadhi 2', 2003-06. Cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell, ‘Samadhi 2′, 2003-06. Cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell's translucent glass sculpture of pregnant girl

Christina Bothwell, ‘Samadhi 1′, 2012. Cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell's translucent glass sculpture of cat girl with furry ears

Christina Bothwell, ‘Cat Girl’, 2009. Cast glass, raku clay, taxidermy, oil paint.

Christina Bothwell's translucent glass sculpture of octopus girl

Christina Bothwell, ‘Octopus’. Cast glass.

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