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Coat Hanger King-Kong and Hawking exoskeleton at V&A

Power of Making

Power of Making at the V&A

I found myself with an hour to kill in London this week and so thought I’d head to the museum district in South Kensington. I’m glad I did.

The museum is hosting an exhibition called the Power of Making. It aims to explore the impact that making and crafts has on our lives, from an artistic, cultural and day-to-day use perspective.

It’s well worth a visit.

On display are a RepRap 3D Printer, a Makerbot, egg-bot, hexapod robots and some incredible works of art including a life-size wooden robot exoskeleton inspired by Stephen Hawking (pictured in the poster above)

There are some stunning exhibits, I particularly liked the coat hanger King Kong and a collection of innovative bicycles. I’ve written about the  The 3D printed EADS bike and the bike made entirely of wood (right down to the drive train), so it was nice to see them in the flesh.

Also part of the exhibition were a number of short films. This quite amazing polystyrene sculpture was just one of them.

The rest of the films can be seen here, but more importantly the exhibition can be seen for Free at the V&A until January 2nd.

For those lucky enough to live close for regular visits, there is also a series of maker themed events which is well worth checking out too. For details check out the website.



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