Dec 2005 - Jan 2006

Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death.

SHARMANKA (Russian for hurdy-gurdy)  was founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana  Jakovskaya in St.Petersburg (Russia) in 1989.  Audiences in many countries have been fascinated by its magic, and based in Glasgow since 1996 it has gained a reputation as one of the  city’s hidden treasures.

They also built the Millennium Clock for the Royal Museum in Edinburgh (in collaboration with Tim Stead and Annika Sandström) and most recently a kinetic sculpture of St.Mungo for the Tron Steeple in Glasgow.

Unique art and  craft for thought and entertainment for any age.