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Descartes’ Daughter and Doctor Who Clockwork Repair Droids

Automata, Ancient Clockwork Mechanical Men

Clockwork Monk at the Smithsonian
Automaton figure of a monk: south Germany or Spain, c. 1560
Figure: head of poplar wood; head and limbs rendered naturalistically; modern habit.
Movement: iron; height: 39 cm. (15 3/8 in.)

There is a clockwork monk at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian. He winds up with a key, then walks about, moving his arms, eyes and head. The mouth moves as if it is praying. He is about 15” tall and is likely over 450 years old. Continue reading Descartes’ Daughter and Doctor Who Clockwork Repair Droids

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The Van Gogh Project or Big Easel Project – Goodland’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase”

Goodland's Big Easel created by Canadian artist Cameron Cross based on Vincent van Gogh's seven sunflower paintings

There is a series of paintings based on Vincent van Gogh’s seven sunflower paintings on giant easels. They were created by artist Cameron Cross. Continue reading The Van Gogh Project or Big Easel Project – Goodland’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase”

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Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is out US-64 E in Chimney Rock near Lake Lure.

It has hiking trails, incredible views and a long history.

In the late 19th Century, the area was owned by Jerome B. Freeman. He logged the area for the huge virgin black walnut trees. These enormous trees were cut by hand, dragged by oxen and taken by wagon to the railroad in Hendersonville. The trees were so huge, just one log could be hauled at a time. Continue reading Chimney Rock