How could anybody imagine that a favorite past-time of an engineering genius could turn into a rage of sorts? Raise a toast to creator Rob Higgs for creating a 5-ft mechanical corkscrew constructed from a ton of scrap metal, several cogs, some chains, a couple of cannonballs, and lots of paper for the drawing board. Bizarre minds have a way of creating a virtual solution for a problem that never existed and still stirs a lot of interest; that is the beauty of it. The corkscrew, constructed out of 300 moving parts, holds considerable resemblance to the machine featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The building of the corkscrew was commissioned by Marcus Wilkinson, founder of conceptual design firm Oneofone. Watching the magic travel through those 300 moving parts while you wait for a glass of wine would be worth all the time! Touted to be the largest corkscrew, only 25 such kinetic bottle-opening sculptures are up for £75,000 and £100,000 ($117,000 – $156,000).
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