“Flo” our new 175cm fully articulated wooden womannequin arrives

“Flo” arrived today and she’s more than a bit fabulous.

(Though we were a bit surprised by those thighs – they’re not thighs, well certainly not cycling thighs!).

She’s a life sized (well, actually taller than most of the research team) fully articulated wooden (wo)mannequin. You know those small artist models, well she’s just like that  – but massive.

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Easily put together, she quickly took to the bike.

We’ll slip her into something a little less comfortable tomorrow – like 1890s cycle wear – and get her on a more fitting period velocipede shortly.
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However “Flo” isn’t just a womanequin for the project. No, she is much more….

The plan is to transform this static human form into an automaton (of sorts) which will help display the project in a much more dynamic context.

The automaton is being built in collaboration with James Fraser – an architect, potter and general all round creative fellow.

Here is some of his visual storyboarding for the project.

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A quick peek at Flo, as she develops…..

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And here’s James at work in his potting studio:

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Exciting!

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