Animatronic giant roams London

The world’s largest ever human animatronic figure walked the streets of London last month thanks to special effects company Artem and drive manufacturer Baldor


The world’s largest ever human animatronic figure walked the streets of London last month thanks to London-based special effects company Artem and Bristol drive manufacturer Baldor.



The eight metre high animatronic representation of ‘Big JT’ – NFL Miami Dolphins star player Jason Taylor – was designed and built in just six weeks to promote the first competitive NFL game staged in the UK. A team of more than 40 people worked round the clock to build the superstructure in time for its official unveiling in

Trafalgar Square
on October 22.



A team of engineers at Artem designed the imposing animatronic structure using Autocad and Solidworks. The crew then expanded to incorporate specialist fabricators, model makers, sculptors and finishers to bring Jason to life.



Artem chose Baldor’s MicroFlex AC drives and BSM servo motors to power Big JT’s feet because of short lead delivery times and Baldor’s previous support on motion control projects.



Weighing in at over a tonne, the Big JT animatronic boasts life-like features and has moveable feet and arms that propel it at 6-8kph – a single Big JT footstep covers nearly 2.5m.