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Haltwhistle Film Project

Inspiring People and Communities Through Film

River Eden and an Automaton Heronhome

HFP Arts was commissioned by Eden Rivers Trust to make an automaton heron for their big summer 2018 show at Tullie House, Carlisle. We made It Runs Down the River with James Rennie Special School as part of the celebration of the river. Children also coded the soundtrack using Sonic Pi on Raspberry Pis. The show was seen by over 11 000 people.


heron engine





The heron was triggered by an ultrasonic sensor when visitors stood on a specific spot underneath it, making it flap in response.