Mechanical Milker

Commissioned by:  The Children’s Museum of South Dakota (the state’s first children’s museum), Brookings, SD.

Installed: May 2010

Media: Steel, FSC and salvaged wood, butter churn, milk can, antique sewing treadle base, mechanics

Credits: Hand-carved head by Eric Novak, Fabric udder by Erin Wilson

Interactives: Pump-jack tail; mechanical udder/sewing treadle fly-wheel (milking her teets oscillates the sewing treadle which turns a fly-wheel); peep hole and light sensor w/ barn in diorama night scene, butter churn with four rotating farm scenes; bed-spring and ‘cud beads.’