By Cory Doctorow at 4:13 pm Fri, May 25, 2012
The latest from Roger Wood of Klockwerks: "I was asked to make a kinetic Steampunk sculpture for a show in New York; here it is."
I hate to sound elitish/snobbish but that is very ‘lets throw random cogs/dials on and call it steampunk.’ Unattractive to me.
Now had they gone to the trouble of making it look like any of that actually DID something (evenif non-functional.) I’d be singing a different tune.
Love her work, but lately waiting a month for a new strip is painful
Looking at that portable stereo system, all I can hear in my head is “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary”.
pretty cool…but the detail seems too applied. i think that steampunk is amazing and i love to see how these guys reconsider the pieces they recreate:
That third one is awesome – that’s the aesthetic I think of when I think of Steampunk, but it isn’t, apparently, what most people who make steampunk stuff think of ;)
(3rd pic) Cool. Great work, but I think more ‘ ’40s streamline’ gone rampant.
not steam powered, but there is compressed gas involved….
While I usually like the work of Mr. Wood, a modern tricycle with period accoutrement added does not true steampunk make. I’m also guessing the only thing kinetic about this is that it’s a working trike; if so, this seems like a bit of a cheat.
I’m not sure why a bicycle needs a phonograph.
The steam whistle, however, is totally want.
I bet it tells the time, too.
the drivetrain is not connected to any possibility of steam power. I’m not seeing any linkage from the drivetrain to the turntable, either. yep, this is one useless, fancypants piece of decoration.
If you look *really* closely, you’ll see it has three wheels, not two. Ergo, not a bicycle. And not steampunk; just assorted old junk slapped on a tricycle.
If you want steampunk tricycles, Bristol’s Toybox Theatre has the tricycle, and the clockwork ladies (with charming French accents) to ride it
This guy should get a job a Orange County Choppers, they also like to make costumes for bikes.
Just to keep the comments pendantic, bicycles are already steampunk– the Saftey Bicycle, as it was then called, is an 1880s product of the Industrial Revolution. As Victorian as the GWR. Any realistic steam-punk setting would have oodles of cyclists– and they wouldn’t be caught dead on this trike.
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