Animated Statue Smiles and Displays Her Dimples (Jun, 1934)
For some reason, this strikes me as looking amazingly modern.
Animated Statue Smiles and Displays Her Dimples
ALMOST human is “SHE,” work of Courtenay Pollock, well known sculptor of London. With the aid of a small electric motor, “SHE” is smiling, coy, demure, or scornful as her master wills. Rolling her eyes about in an enchanting manner, she even displays a lovely set of dimples.
This “living” model is on display in one of the leading department stores of London. A cordon of police are required to keep the crowd moving and traffic clear in the streets.
The skull is made up of hinged sections, each of which are controlled separately through levers and switches. Gears and levers connect each part to the driving motor.
When a tinted rubber covering is slipped over the “skull,” eyebrows and hair attached, and a bit of cosmetics applied, “SHE” is transformed into a beautiful, vivacious young lady.
This first animated statue may herald a new era in sculpturing. It is not too much to expect that in a few years the works of our sculptors will all take on lifeâ€”will frolic about and speak, imitating in every way the persons who posed as models.