Photo a Day Challenge


Jordan found several Oriental figures for sale in Chicago and had his workshop animate them.  A Mikado is a Japanese emperor and the title is reminiscent of a Gilbert and Sullivan  comic operetta in which flirting is illegal and punishable by death.  Jordan’s workshop built the extravagant facade and mechanized the two central figures to lift eyebrows and move jaws while they play “Harem Bells,” “Ritual Fire Dance” and “Dance Macabre” on their insturments, one above the other. The Mikado musical machine was built in 1975 and is displayed in The Music of Yesterday.

15 responses

  1. Ah the Asian Beatles, I know cause Lingo is the Drummer.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

  2. wow talk about ornate! great image!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

  3. that’s really cool. I’d love to see it in action.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    • It was mesmerizing to watch this larger than life musical machine.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

      • I bet!

        May 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  4. marina

    how very interesting! 🙂

    May 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  5. Tammy

    I love the soft glow from the light…this is not an easy shot and you mastered it! Beautiful!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

  6. Love all the rich reds and golds, so much detail and great lighting. Sounds like a very interesting thing to see and hear.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:54 pm

  7. Eleanor

    That is an awesome piece of work and you did a great job capturing it.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:52 am

  8. I remember this being such an exotic area! Very well captured!

    May 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

  9. Yikes again! And again you mastered what has to be tricky lighting.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  10. Steven

    I too thought you did a fantastic job working with the lighting. This House seems to have it all, or at least most.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

  11. This is amazing – so intricate. Love the colouring.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

  12. I would imagine a difficult shot to get right. The details are amazing, and the image is pin-sharp. Beautiful colours too.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  13. Bobbie

    The reds and golds are so exotic.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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