Tim Hunkin

Engineer, Author

1950 –

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Who is Tim Hunkin?

Tim Hunkin is an English engineer, cartoonist, writer, and artist living in Suffolk, England. He is best known for creating the Channel Four television series The Secret Life of Machines, in which he explains the workings and history of various household devices. He has also created museum exhibits for institutions across the UK, and designed numerous public engineering works, chiefly for entertainment.

He graduated in engineering from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Hunkin's works are distinctive, often recognisable by his unique style of papier-mâché sculpture, his pen and ink cartoons, and his offbeat sense of humour.

His "Under the Pier Show" at Southwold Pier, England is a penny arcade featuring a number of humorous, coin-operated machines of his creation. Attractions include the "AUTOFRISK"; the "BATHYSCAPE"; and a somewhat rude sculptural clock.

Many of his other projects are large-scale and theatrical, including gigantic clocks of unconventional designs, bonfires and pyrotechnic displays. In 1976, he designed the flying pigs and sheep for Pink Floyd's In The Flesh tour, promoting their Animals album.

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  • England
  • United Kingdom
  • Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Lived in
  • Suffolk

on July 23, 2013


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