Paper Chameleon

cham_125It wasn’t so long ago that we burned people at the stake for just the kind of sorcery that paper artist Johan Scherft has made his life’s work. (I say “we” but I was usually off sick on those days.) Not content merely to create ultra-lifelike recreations of various birds out of paper, the artist has, with the help of a few gears and the inner workings of a music box, brought to life a paper chameleon.


As Doug North at The Automata Blog explains,

“The automaton is cleverly-built in many respects. First, the paper figure is just amazing. Next, the entire thing is a reflection. This allows the actual model to be oriented horizontally, providing some design advantage. Also, the linkage that makes the eye move is magnetism!”

Pretty cool indeed 🙂


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