Curated by David Cole, this exhibition presents objects that makers and enthusiasts proposed as "the ultimate machined object." Some represent the primal building blocks of mechanization: the wheel, the lever, the screw. Others are examples of tremendous complication: a Linotype machine, an aircraft engine, a microprocessor. Between these extremes are seemingly humble objects that belie their sophistication but have revolutionized the world.
Before there was elegance in code, there was precision in machined objects – and this exhibition aims to consider our our sense of elegance in the hand-forged. The small online community behind Practical Machinist has debated excellence in this arena and this exhibition presents a sampling of what they’ve considered “the ultimate machined objects,” ranging from a wheel to an aircraft engine.