Our fascination with steam-powered technology never seems to become redundant. There still exists what the eyes have not seen and the ears have not heard. While cherishing our technology jaded selves, we are at times taken aback by the era of the steam-powered computers and gaslight special effects and they transcend us into the past world of Victorian frenzy. It is through the medium of art that artists traverse over limits of time and bring us face to face with new avatars of steampunked creations. So here we are with the best steampunk artwork that you'd love to see. Do take a look, it is worth all your time.
1. eyeMack Difference Engine of wickedness
Retro styled, do not get deceived by the looks of this Victorian looking antique machine. It actually hides a fully functional iMac beneath all its ostentation. Created by David Lee of Hatton Cross Steampunk, this will be the best ever steampunked computer you will ever come across. It features an old pump organ with an iMac in the top surrounded by an antiqued frame. A golden keyboard sits in the center besides some grass vent registers. Although the picture above also depicts an old phone and camera above the screen; not sure they work.
2. Steampunk Grand iPhone Victrola
New York based artist, Will Rockwell designed the iPhone Victrola from an antique gramophone bell. It is supposed to be a passive device that can magnify the sound from an iPhone up to 12db. It features parts made from copper and brass, which makes it quiet sturdy. The beauty of the design lies in the fact that it requires no electricity for intensifying the sound from its speaker and you can savor your favorite music, while the rest of your house is decapitated due to lack of power.
3. Steampunk watch
The world is getting rid of wires and their tangles, but the design of this steampunk watch is replete with them and in some ways it authenticates the steampunk idiosyncrasy. It is functional and also has a compass that will show you directions you are moving in, while keeping you in touch with time all throughout.
4. Steampunk lamps by Art Donovan
The light lamps, designed by Art Donovan, show us how this genre can actually be made to revisit the future with the eyes of the past. Technology abandoned years ago has been repurposed with cast off things and converted into beautiful lamps. Donovan hand makes these lamps and using brass, cast bronze and blown glass along with hand-carved wood. He claims to celebrate the age of the genesis of innovation through his lamps and has been doing so for the past 30 years.
5. Steampunk mouse
A Russian modder is credited with the creation of this wonderful steampunk mouse. He used materials like bronze along with some shiny container for the frame and made the scroller complement the overall steampunk look. It truly brings back fond memories of the Victorian era teaming up industrial age esthetics with modern utility.
6. Steampunk desk phone
What is most amazing about this steampunked desk phone is that all its parts are made from framer’s tools. The frame of the phone is prominently a spade and with it are lined saw blades, shears, socket sets, spanners, and many other tit bits like nuts and bolts that are wired together to make a wonderful piece of steampunked art. Artist Amoebabloke is so passionate about this creation of his that he claims to never lend its possession to someone who would not care for it like he does.
7. Steampunk R2-D2
I bet you recognized this even before you took a second look. Yes it is our favorite robot that has been steampunked. R2-D2 has been crafted from wood and brass completed with gauges, meter knobs and various connecting wires.
8. Steampunk computer
A steampunked computer once again; but what is more important in our age than computers anyway? Brought to life by Datamacer, he has custom built a fully functional computer inside a steampunk attire using wood and brass.
9. Steampunk coffee machine
Looking at basic coffee machines also sometimes reminds of steampunk and I was rather glad, when I came across actual steampunk coffee machines. The fact they are built around boilers make them Victorian in nature. The ones pictured above are from Planet Damage and they have showcased a trio of coffee machines crafted from steel, copper and brass. They have organic curves that are adorned with intricate details that resemble the reverses of coins from the civil war in America.
10. Steampunk furnace mouse
What is roasting? This is the first thing that strikes your mind, when you look at the steampunked Furnace mouse. Designed by Unklain, the mouse is a mix of two far related concepts, that of a mouse and a furnace. It is crafted from wood, copper and LED glowing hot coals that make it appears like a real furnace burning with coal.