Will Jackson

  • What I do, where I work

  • My company, Engineered Arts, specialises in the design and build of mixed-media exhibition installations, involving a combination of art and engineering. We specialise in the production of RoboThespian, a classic humanoid robot, which can talk, sing, act and even dance (currently limited to a very restrained shimmy, but we’re working on it!).

  • Current position

  • Director at Engineered Arts Limited


  • More about me

  • I studied 3D design (on the borderline between arts and crafts and industrial design) and spent seven years in the film and television industry before branching out my own, some 15 years ago. I started by building bespoke slot machines, and two of these, The Crankenstein and Brain Washer, are currently still pulling in the punters on Southwold pier, Suffolk, England. Through the slot machine connection I became friendly the the artist-engineer Tim Hunkin, responsible for Southwold’s ‘Under the Pier’ slot machine collection, and the ‘Secret Life Of…’ series for Channel Four television, which was also shown on the Discovery Channel in the 1990’s.
    We subsequently worked together on the London Science Museum’s ‘The Secret Life of the Home’ exhibition, where I designed the popular cut-in-half toilet, illustrating the principle of the siphon. This features an ingenious mechanism that, after every flush, catches the ‘synthetic poo’, and returns it to the bowl.

  • Tree Top Walkway and Rhizotron

    Tree Top Walkway and Rhizotron

    Case Study

    by Will Jackson Published July 23 2008

    In 2007 we were commissioned to provide creative installations for the new Tree Top Walkway, Rhizotron passageway and Plaza at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London. When I first started thinking about this exciting project…doodling on the back...

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