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Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation

François Junod

François Junod Automaton builder
Contact
French, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+41 244541255
Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation

The genius of mechanical art

  • • François is inspired by expressionist and surrealist paintings
  • • His first creation was a mechanical barbecue
  • • Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely inspired his love for mechanical art

François Junod has the contagious and overwhelming enthusiasm of a child. When you step into his amusement park of mechanical creatures, perched among the Jura mountains, he invites you to discover his latest creations. They are constructed in neverending pursuit of perfection as François pushes himself beyond the boundaries that he himself set in place when making his last object. His latest feats are a chirping flock of birds and an exotic dancer who can replicate the exact movements of the dancers that go on stage every night in Bangkok. With François it’s always “look at this one, and look at this other one”. And even if you are not familiar with precision mechanics, Junod will draw you into this magical kingdom, a place that would make any child happy. That’s because he has remained a child himself, continuing to live a dream he has chased since he was a boy.

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  • Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Photo: Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Pushkin Android

This automaton of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin was created with a random mechanism that permits it to generate 1,458 different poems. It is also equipped with a mechanical memory that enables it to create a drawing that corresponds to each poem. The android is powered by a three-spring motor.

Height 93 cm

François Junod Automaton builder
Photo: Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Le Gis

This automaton of a head links the mechanisms of musical boxes, in the place of the eyes, with a motorised mouth which moves to the music.

25 cm
25 cm

François Junod Automaton builder
Photo: Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

This automaton of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) was created using the same dimensions as a human head. The wig parts to reveal a pair of small, chirping birds.

François Junod Automaton builder
Photo: Tomas Bertelsen © Michelangelo Foundation
The Player

This automaton of a dice player was created with a system that works at random. You can bet with him or with another person. The mechanism is triggered by a clock or manually and runs on two spring motors.

Height 55 cm

François Junod Automaton builder

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