exploratorium

Curious Contraptions

November 21–January 26, 2020

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Curious Contraptions explores small, surreal worlds through fantastical, often amusing mechanical sculptures known as automata. These whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms. Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama while also reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Exposed inner workings and low-tech mechanisms invite the viewer to understand how each one comes to life.

Artists include Rowland Emett, Keith Newstead, Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, and others.