Simon Lewandowski was in residence at Grizedale Arts in 1999. During this period he intended to create a self-propelled, walking sculpture that would stalk through the forest. Equipment like chainsaws, diggers, winches, pumps etc. all being as much a part of the forest ecology as trees, birds and animals in Simon’s view.
What transpired was a machine that fed on the remains of one of Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures from the 1970s, chipping away at the wood with a number of different claws. After this inevitably caused a bit of an uproar Simon settled for a smaller machine that roamed around with a singular arm, fumbling its way about and lashing out at anything that came near to it.