Commission a New Custom Automaton

Gifts · Donation Boxes · Focal Centerpiece

Perhaps you would like to commemorate a special occasion, find that unique gift for someone special (yourself?) or create an iconic piece for your business or organization. Whatever it is that you want to celebrate, I can help you do it with a custom creation designed especially for you.

I accept commissions large and small from individuals, organizations or business and enjoy working with clients to help them identify themes or stories that can be embodied and brought to life through automata story-telling!

Contact Cecilia with your questions about commissioning new work.

Read About Previous Commissions:

Automata by Cecilia Schiller

IL MAGO

IL MAGO (The Magician) was commissioned by Paula DeCosse as a surprise gift to commemorate her husband Cy’s 90th birthday.  Cy DeCosse is a celebrated artist in Minneapolis. 

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Night and Day in the North Woods, Interactive sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Night and Day in the North Woods

The interactive sculpture Night and Day in the North Woods was installed in the Children’s Hospital’s Palliative Clinic. The cabinet holds a diorama of a northern woods scene with a waterfall. 

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Water is Life

This piece was part commission and part grant (provided by Forecast Public Art and the Jerome Foundation). It involved a lengthy development process where I worked with Watershed District staff to identify possible sites and themes to be explored.

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Catchin' a Wave by Cecilia Schiller

Catchin’ A Wave

Catchin’ A Wave was created for the mini-golf course at Can-Can Wonderland, St. Paul, MN

My design for “Catchin’ A Wave”, was selected out of 250 entries to be included as one of the 18 holes in Can-Can Wonderland’s mini-golf course.

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Interactive Sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Riverside Clubhouse

The director of the clinic approached me because he had seen another piece of mine in another health setting and wanted a custom piece for their pediatric waiting area. A meeting with staff revealed that they wanted to embrace a theme that reflected the nature of the area surrounding the clinic, specifically the Minnesota River Valley.

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Beabie Loves to Skijor

I met with the client and we talked about her husband and the things he enjoys doing (skiing, bicycling, etc.), then she added that if I could include her second most favorite being (Beabie, the family dog) she would be most happy. I asked if Beabie enjoyed skijoring (the dog wears a harness and pulls a skier), and she replied, “Beabie doesn’t like to do much of anything!”

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Interactive sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Good Morning Sunshine

“Good Morning Sunshine” is an interactive diorama with four different animations. It was installed in Celebration Hall of the Mother/Baby Center alongside of Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis in January of 2013.

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Cecilia Schiller, Automata

Donation Box for Landmark Center

This donation box makes giving fun! Coins can be inserted at the top of the box and roll back and forth down a series of ramps and into the safe below. Or dollars can be inserted into a dollar roller by turning the crank.

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Automata by Cecilia Schiller

The Spirit of Adventure

This piece was commissioned by a California Americana collector as a 50th wedding anniversary gift for his parents. The idea for Spirit of Adventure came from all the wonderful trips they have taken as a family to far reaches of the world. As the crank is turned the bi-plane undulates as if in flight as scenes pass below them.

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More Automata in Various Collections:
Night and Day in the North Woods, Interactive sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Night and Day in the North Woods

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Oh Deer!

Interactive Public Art by Cecilia Schiller

Catch a Wave

Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

Dragon

Dragon Emerges from the Sea

Interactive sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Good Morning Sunshine

Center of the Universe by Cecilia Schiller

Center of the Universe

Automata by Cecilia Schiller

The Beast

Wake Up (her) wide

Wake Up and Smell the Roses (for Her)

Automata by Cecilia Schiller

Monkey Man Talks and Thinks at the Same Time