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Hungarian artist creates clockwork spiders from pocket watch parts for ‘metal menagerie’

Brittany Jordan



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An artist has created a menagerie of mechanical creatures which are both incredibly curious and creepy at the same time.

The amazing handiwork of Peter Szucsy, 46, from Budapest, includes his mechanical spider crafted from the gears and guts of a pocket watch.

The Hungarian artist’s “King” series is a curious amalgamation of spiders, insects, and crustaceans, machinery, and robotics, drawing inspiration from the Victorian-era industrial revolution.

A mechanical “steampunk” spider created by Hungarian artist Peter Szucsy, 46 (Caters News)

Among his mechanical assortment are ornate crabs—with pocket watch casing exoskeletons and metal claws—and an intricate fly with tiny wings set like jewels.

It’s a labor of love for the former production art director and lead artist, who traded his 25-year-long career at a desk to create these sculptures three years earlier.

“Three years ago working with metal was quite new for me, I’d been working at a computer for over two decades,” Peter said.

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Peter Szucsy creates machine-inspired insects, spiders, and crustaceans from pocket watch parts. (Caters News)
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Detail of a steampunk spider (Caters News)

“I was safer when I worked at a computer, but in the real world the tools are quite dangerous—[my] hands are covered in wounds, burns and callouses, but I don’t mind, I really enjoy the handmade creation, I don’t plan to return to my computer.”

His range of creatures is likely to grow, with Peter eyeing opportunities to create renderings of mantises, mosquitos, and dragonflies.

Each creation takes around a week to craft, but with his efforts to improve his process, this may change.

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A steampunk crab (Caters News)
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A fly sculpted from repurposed machine parts (Caters News)

“I am always looking for new parts, new solutions, techniques, materials and making experimental work just to see my limits,” he said.

“My experimental work has led me to create my best artworks.”

Incredibly, the impetus for his creations starts the moment he locates materials—purchased from flea markets—and gets them “in his hands.”

Tracking down all the pieces needed to craft his intricate sculptures can take as long as two months.

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Another mechanical spider inspired by the Victorian-era industrial revolution (Caters News)
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Yet another steampunk spider (Caters News)

He has accumulated plenty of spare parts in the process. When asked how many watches he has collected, Peter guessed around 300, adding that it was “still not enough.”

However, the artist has a few simple rules when it comes to repurposing for his art. “I never use rare watches, or watch parts with high value,” he said.

“I use unrepairable watch movements only. I collect the watch parts also, so I definitely want to rescue the rare items. I have dozens of rare pocket [watches] and movements in my watch collection.”

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Another crab sculpted from pocket watch parts (Caters News)
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A detailed photo of one of Peter Szucsy’s spiders (Caters News)
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A detailed shot of a steampunk spider (Caters News)
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A mechanical crab (Caters News)

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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