It`s called the Tingley Exhibition now on display in Zürich, Switzerland

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D.A. says... "Looks to me like the unknown contraption on your home page is actually a work of art by swiss artist Jean Tinguely.  
He produced a number of such contraptions that actually operate, creating great displays of mechanical motion for motion's sake. His machines are fascinating to watch, complete with squeaking and clanking sounds... They are always installed outdoors (onlookers are expected to mind their fingers), usually in nice locations such as lakeside settings in Switzerland.   I know of at least one such affair in France also.

So ..., even the most outstandingly competent, stop-at-nothing  lost-wax-casting artist should realize that the complexity of making a kit of this, with detailed assembly drawings and exploded (even shattered) wiews is chicken feed compared with the copyright hurdles !

With best regards from across the Atlantic."
D.A.   Le Chesnay (France)

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"On the front page you ask if anyone can identify the construction on your front page. It is probably a "construct" by Swiss artist Jean Tingely. His pieces moves in all sorts of crazy ways, and some were made to self-destruct. A quick search of the web turned up one link with some information: http://people.ucsc.edu/~callista/robots1.html You can probably learn more from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Hope this is of some help." P.F. Oslo, Norway


THE BIOGROPHY OF JEAN TINGUELY

Thanks to all who responded and hope you enjoyed the picture. My son Michael took this picture in Zürich, Switzerlad in 2002.
Pat Hennebery Jr.

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These are some of the emials I received over the last year.......

"It is the Huble telescope before the restauration"... P.G.  Amsterdam NL

"I seem to remember seeing something like this at a Canadian exhibition in Toronto - must have been 1973. It was on the exhibition grounds which were largely treeless so I'm not sure where it is with trees in the background."... W.H.  Cooperstown NY

"Hi, is it a bird?  is it a plane?  its superjunk!"...  N.T. United Kingdom

"The contraption is a sculpture of junk pieces. Our County has a fish sculpture made of junk pieces like this".... D.B

"Is it, perhaps, Santa's sleigh? I had really odd ruts in the snow on my roof that sorta match the wheel placements on this thing :-)" W.S

"Your contraption looks like a version of "The Skyhook" used in high lead logging"... M.J. Missoula, MT

"I believe it is in north western Georgia at a weird outdoor museum constructed by a recently deceased folk artist. I never saw it but it looks like his kind of work. I forgot his name"... Alla

"It looks like a stack of scrap iron. The item on top appears to be parts of a "Sky Hook", a car which ran on cables in the Pacific Northwest....." ... B.G.  Clovis, CA

"Looks like the power supply sculpture for the rocket sculpture, that the guys from the show "road side America" on PBS, that they visited some place in the Midwest"... R.D.  New Bedford, MA

"obviously this was the first combo rail and tie car that featured sattelite television?"... davtrek

"The picture on your home page . I think it's a weathered/rusted pile of junk made to form a supporting tower for a satellite dish. The pile seems to include old auto or old fire engine parts"... J.B.  New Hyde Park, NY

"I'm leaning towards a "SkyHook", looks "customized" for lack of a better term" C.S.  Cherry Hill, NJ

"It looks to me like something along the lines of welded art work"... R. S.  

"Thats the original sign for Wheels Inn"... dan57

"The photo is one of only a few known photographs (outside of my own collection) of an early, perhaps 1910 - 1920 Forgosh Illuminator built by the firm of Clyde Bide Bediter, here in Northport, Long Island. In the early part of the Century, it was difficult for fishermen to use a Forgosh after dark. Bediter hit upon the idea of building Illuminators that could be mounted on small barges and towed out to meet the incoming boats who wished to make use of the many Forgoshes that were rented out by locals in the area.  Although many people who view your site will have no idea of what the machine actually is, those of us who have been steeped in local history have no trouble identifying it.  One other interesting tidbit... few people know that Clyde Bide Bediter was a woman. Her maiden name was Clyde Bide, after her paternal grandfather, of course, and when she married Larson Bediter (of the East Northport Bediters), she kept her maiden name and was thereafter known as Clyde Bide Bediter...."... J.M.  AKA seaguide

"It's Called A Wrought-Iron Sculpture And I Don't Know Where It Is, But It Would Likely Have Its Roots In Countercultural Thought, Meaning A Commune Or Libertarian Type Of Thinker, Possibly A Crank, And It Could Be 20 Or 30 Years Old...If You're Trying To Find The Exact Builder, You May Never Know...It Could Have Been Added To Over The Years And Was Not Likely To Be Built By Typical Model Railroad-Type People"..... quietman