Cloud Cuckoo Valley

is creating automata and kinetic sculpture installations

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A big thank you to all our patrons. This fantastic artwork could not be exhibited without your generosity and support!

A Quiet Afternoon in Cloud Cuckoo Valley
is the last, and largest, kinetic sculpture created by the fantastic British eccentirc artist, the late Rowland Emett.

Created in the 1980s just before Emett's death, the artwork is privately owned in the UK. Having languished unloved for over 20 years, it underwent a meticulous restoration in recent years, and was first exhibited again in Birmingham's Museum and Art Gallery in 2014, then more recently at the city's Thinktank Museum.

The artwork comprises eight separate kinetic sculptures (or automata) and can be exhibited in any large space, but each time it is shown, costs are involved. There are costs to crate it, ship it and assemble it, costs to disassemble it, costs to maintain and store it, and costs to insure it. These sums are largely met by the owner and a handful of loyal supporters, but we need to build a more stable base of patrons in order to guarantee the future of this marvellously charming example of British creativity, and to continue to create installations at other museums and spaces.

For further details and to see A Quiet Afternoon in Cloud Cuckoo Valley in action, visit More details of Rowland Emett's life and works can be found at The Rowland Emett Society's website at
$41 of $7,500 per month
Each year, it costs around $7,500 just to insure the artwork.
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