When I design automat pieces I always try to have the viewers experience memorable. Often I try to achieve this by having a quirky story and a significant number of motions that stirs a fascination. Sometimes though, when the animation concept is simpler I try to spend more time on the characters in the automata themselves so that they become the memorable experience. In this way a piece with even the simplest of mechanisms can become favourites with viewers.
My rat in the sewer is one such case. I have tried to make him cute so as to be memorable. Already visitors in my shop associate him with the acorn crazy squirrel in the Ice Age movie, a widely popular animated character. So this is why I have invested significant time in him. I expect he will become the memorable focal point in my current piece. Here he is painted.
Here is the manhole cover that will sit atop his head.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.