Marpole-Oakridge Family Place Artist Visit: February 14, 2023

I am pleased to be visiting the Marpole-Oakridge Family Place for a chat and Q & A with Vancouver children ages 1-5 and their caregivers during the Drop-In program on February 14 from 10:30-11:30am – I’ll be bringing in some child-friendly automaton parts and pieces for everyone to have a look at and handle. If you’re a caregiver and in the area, you are welcome to bring your little ones! Looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing my creations. Click here for event location and details, and here for more information on this wonderful support hub for Vancouver families, caregivers and children.

MAD Museum, UK: Kinetic Sculpture for Permanent Collection

I began 2023 with a wonderful offer from the Mechanical Art and Design (MAD) Museum in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK, to have one of my kinetic sculptures in their permanent collection – of course I said ‘yes’. I will be creating a new piece specifically for the museum. Visit their website here to learn more about this incredible attraction which displays interactive pieces of mechanical art – kinetic art and automata in particular.

Science World Musical Rolling Ball Sculpture Refurbishment Project, Fall 2022

In August 2022 I was given the honour of heading the refurbishment of Science World’s famous Tower of Bauble, New York audiokinetic sculptor George Rhoads’ 24-foot-tall musical rolling ball sculpture which had graced the entrance area of Science World since 1985.

With the sad passing of the original artist in 2021, someone to fix and freshen the 37-year-old Vancouver landmark was needed, and I have been doing my best since commencement in October 2022 to fill George’s venerated shoes and bring it back to life.

Completion of this incredible project is slated for spring of 2023, when it will finally return to its place at the Science World entrance. Click on the links below to read more about the Tower of Bauble, as well as about my part in this project. Many thanks to Derek Lee, Science World donor, who made this all possible.

Science World blog piece “Let’s Meet At the Tower of Bauble with Science World Donor Derek Lee
Vancouver Is Awesome article “What happened to the giant musical ball-drop sculpture outside Science World?” -Allie Turner
Vancouver Is Awesome article “How a retired woodworker ended up building machines for Science World and UBC” -Allie Turner

With Science World donor Derek Lee on the day of dismantling for refurbishment.
Photo credit: Science World