History of the Rocking Machine and the Christ Unltd.
In 1969 Makkink produced the prototype of The Rocking Machine and Christ Unltd. The RM was in an edition of six and the pairs of Christs were in an edition of four. When Stanley Kubrick visited St Katharine’s Docks studios looking for artwork for his forthcoming film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ he selected the Rocking Machine and Christs Unltd. along with two paintings by Makkink’s brother, Cornelis. The success and the scandal surrounding the film, meant that Makkink’s 2 sculptures quickly gained iconic status. Coincidentally, the film director Tinto Brass used the same work by the two brothers in the less well-known film, The Dropout (1970) starring Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero.
Makkink set up his studio in Amsterdam in 1971, bringing the RM mold and two of the originals which now belong to the Makkink Estate. In 2002, a new edition of six was made. Four were sold and two remain, also in the Makkink Estate.
Makkink drew up a contract with the Japanese company MedicomToy (who have produced work by Banksy, Warhol, Keith Haring, Kaws etc.) and under his supervision they produced various editions of the RM and Christs Unltd, which were sold online in Japan. They also produced two editions in black.The contract was terminated in 2016 when Makkink’s daughter Fiona took over the running of his estate.
A new 3rd series of Rocking Machine's are planned to be produced from the original mold that still resides in his studio in Amsterdam. For inquiries please contact Fiona Makkink at firstname.lastname@example.org.