Heart Beater


Heart Beater

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A hand cranked bell with a sense of humor.
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Origin United Kingdom
Dimensions 6.5 inches tall
Material Metal

The Heart Beater is an alarming little machine that demands the attention of the ones you love. Essentially, it's a hand-cranked bell. A beautifully crafted, hand-cranked bell that's infused with a sense of poetic irony.

Martin Smith is one of our favorite makers of kinetic objects. His creations combine mechanical elegance with a sense of humor. Smith's Applause Machine has been a favored item in our collection for years and we're very happy to offer Heart Beater because it's a great introductory piece for those unfamiliar with his work.

Standing about six and a half inches high, this kinetic sculpture is crafted from brass and steel. Crank the handle and a bright bell sounds each time the striker hits the heart. Think of it as an amorous analog alarm. Only time may tell what it will signify in your household...

Each Heart Beater is numbered and manufactured by Martin Smith Studios in the UK.

Shipping & Returns

Our products ship through a privately owned climate-controlled warehouse in San Diego, California.

We offer a variety of shipping methods from budget-friendly to price-doesn’t-matter. You can compare estimated costs and transit times once you begin the checkout process and enter your shipping address. Carrier options may vary based on your destination.

We strive to pack and ship all items within 24 hours of each order (Monday through Friday). However, we are a small team so during peak holiday season we kindly ask that you allow 3-5 days for your items to be sent on their way. Every box shipped from Art of Play is expertly packed by actual human beings (you can see their names written on your package slip). Everyone in our warehouse is paid a fair wage and treated with respect.

Return Policy

We will gladly offer a refund or store credit in exchange for any items returned within 30 days of the original order, as long as the items are still sealed in new condition. We cannot accept returns of opened or used items. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.


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