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Harris Tweed loom's new life as 'kinetic sculpture'

Automata Image copyright Robin Mitchell
Image caption The loom features a band of wooden figures

An old Harris Tweed loom has been turned into a mechanical sculpture.

The Hattersley pedal-loom was among many of its type used by weavers throughout the 20th Century to produce millions of yards of tweed.

The "kinetic sculpture" made by Glasgow-based Russian arts studio Sharmanka features wooden figures that move when the loom is operated.

It forms part of arts project Bealach at An Lanntair in Stornoway on Lewis.

The loom came from the village of Balallan on Lewis.

It was deconstructed, disassembled on site and taken to Sharmanka's Glasgow studio where it was "re-imagined, reinvented, reconfigured and rebuilt" into an arts piece.

Image copyright Robin Mitchell
Image copyright Robin Mitchell
Image copyright Robin Mitchell
Image copyright Robin Mitchell
Image copyright Robin Mitchell
Image copyright Robin Mitchell

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