Floating atop swirls of whimsically minimize picket waves, a miniature humpback springs to life with the assistance of a easy hand-crank. The kinetic whale is a part of a rising marine menagerie designed by Sylvain Gautier, who whittles and assembles the mechanical sculptures from his workshop close to Toulouse. This specific creature is carved from basswood, with a walnut body and acacia base, and is known as “Wood Migaloo,” “after the albino humpback whale usually seen on the coasts of Australia,” he writes. Get a glimpse at Gautier’s course of within the brief making-of video above, and head to YouTube for extra of his aquatic automata. (by way of The Youngsters Ought to See This)
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