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Snippets and Vignettes: Water Droplet and Ripples Done the Analogue Way

Ever wondered what animated GIFs look like if they’re turned into analogue devices? This wooden hand-cranked automaton can show you just that.

The Snippets and Vignettes series has featured some amazing animated works in both digital and analogue. Looping images of different objects and scenes come to life with every frame and this nifty, little device is no exception.

For those among you who have a penchant for minute details in life, a droplet falling on the surface of a body of water can be an all familiar sight. But what happens when you recreate that using wood and ingenuity? UK-based designer Dean O’Callaghan explores the simple yet intricate phenomenon with great style.

His Water Experiment No. 33 is a design marvel and showcases its true beauty in the details. This automaton is purely analogue and requires you to apply a little elbow grease to make it work. O’Callaghan’s hand-cranked automaton is a good play on design and mimicry of a droplet hitting a body of water. A photo alone cannot do justice to this unique piece of analogue ingenuity and that’s where the looping wonder of a GIF animation comes into play.

Just imagine the amount of craftsmanship poured into this neat, little contraption. Even the trivial-looking drop of water was made to look like a display of magic.

All information used in this article were sourced from Coroflot via This is Colossal.

written by cheeo

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