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"Chameleon Chronicles" 2008
This piece was a Commissioned automaton box for Ron Grant, author of the forthcoming beautifully illustrated children’s book "The Chameleon Chronicles". Absent from this clip are the 22 hand painted Eggs (each corresponding to a Taro card) painstakingly painted by Luba Mittelman, an excellent illuminated manuscript artist. The book itself which is still in the process of production/ binding is also missing in the pics/clips ... in its place for demonstrative purposes in this clip is John Dee's "True and Faithful..." The piece has 16 different functions and is completely mechanically cam and lever driven with the aid of chains pulleys and linkages. Additionally (but not shown) the dragon smokes with incense which is placed in his body through a door in the back. The piece is about three feet all with figures in roughly 1/9 scale.