Sunday, February 8, 2009

Robot hand

The articulated arm of Mikeze, one of the robot statues which, together with Jakeze, chimes the hour every fifteen minutes. The arm, set in motion by the clockwork mechanism, lifts a hammer to strike the hours.

Both the robots came into service at 12 pm on 14th January 1876. In 1972, severely worn out by weather conditions and by mechanic stress, Mikeze and Jakeze were "duplicated". The two original robots were restored in 2005 and they are now on display at the entrance of the Castle of San Giusto.

6 comments:

Zsolt72 said...

wonderful close up! It must be amazing to see it working..but this close perspective gives a special mood to the photo!

Hilda said...

I am going to assume that this is a photo of the original robot at the entrance of the castle. Otherwise, I'll have to believe that you can fly! :D

This is a fantastic close-up of a wondrous mechanism. Your post yesterday is beautiful and so interesting too. You have a magnificent town hall and I love the symbolism of the statue.

Carrie Hayes said...

Great close up! there are so many neat thing that your home of trieste has to show!

m_m said...

Great shot! I like watching such details!:)

Jilly said...

What a fabulous shot. It's so beautiful. Also fascinating to read the story.

Bolina Stretta said...

Foto molto interessante. Quella mano di ferro, serrata sul palo, con il bullone, parla di determinazione.. ferrea ! :-)