As another graduate of the college put it:
The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike.[The grasshopper (locust?) on the clock is depicted as hybrid with, what (from the eyes), a dragon?]
P.S. Mapping the Marvellous contemplates similarities between automatons and insects, especially the mantis, and reflects on some work of Jean-Henri Fabre, Henri Bergson and Roger Callois.
P.P.S. See too 'La Machine' - giant spider in Liverpool
P.S. 12 Dec: a working model of the Antikythera mechanism.