Nemo Gould has posted a great article on Instructables showing how he created his fantastic “Giant Squid” (2006) kinetic sculpture using found materials (here’s a photo I shot of it at RoboGames 2007).
This sculpture grew out of a long time fascination with the Giant Squid. My name being Nemo has meant a lifetime of “Captain Nemo” references, thus making me aware of these monsters since an early age. I am a sculptor who works almost exclusively with found materials, though typically I like to build things that look more like classic robots. For that reason this project posed several challenges. For one, I really wanted it to be a Giant Squid which meant finding some large objects, and it would mean breaking a lot of habits to depart from more human like forms. I also decided not to limit myself to aluminum, as I had been at the time, and integrate some brass pieces as well.
Here’s video of Nemo running his giant squid.
Thanks to Ed Hunsinger for the tip!