It's a full scale, interactive, amazing piece of work! It's set in a big glass case so you can walk around and see all the side. I spent quite a bit of time examining every angle. I sure wish I could have opened the draws, pulled the cranks and twisted the gears.
A great example of a "cabinet of curiosities," don't you think?
This video was playing on a side wall near the piece. Beck used so many skills and techniques to create this piece... portrait painting, wood carving, inlayed flooring, architectural design, mechanical sculptures even working with real animal fur.
After watching this video again, I wonder if the real "cabinet of curiosities" is the artist's mind. I can hardly imagine the thoughts, ideas, challenges, skills and experiences that make up the mind of an artist like Beck.