Sculptor and woodcarver, Cecilia Schiller works in her studio on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul to make interactive, gear-driven, people powered, carved mechanical pieces (also called automata). These whimsical and colorful sculptures are brought to life when viewers turn a crank. The movement of the gears and figures mesmerize viewers, both young and old. Cecilia honed a unique skillset that combines fine aesthetic details with high quality, durable workmanship while building sets and other creative imagery for theaters and private companies, including Children’s Theater, In the Heart of the Beast, the Guthrie, and Minnesota Opera. Ms. Schiller has won numerous grants and awards for her work.