Todd Cahill (Steam Machine Sculptor), Steve Brook (maker of steampunk guitars, amps, and other steam mods, and I are working on building a humongous, tremendous machine for an art competition this coming September.
It will be a large mechanical contraption with many, many articulating and moving parts, combined with a huge painting - a large work of engineering and art working together as one.
It will be powered completely by alternative energy (wind, steam from clean-burning sources, solar, and the like), and will be the biggest work of steampunk art any of us have made.
Our design will be improvised according to what parts we are able to spot and buy. We are making this out of 90% re-purposed material (light posts, old industrial lamps, tornado sirens), and looking mainly for things that have the strength and elegance of the 1800's.... back when engineering and art were one in the same.
We're trying mainly to find things that are antique/vintage, but for some reason or another un-restorable (we'd rather not destroy history if we can help it).
Some of the donations we've gotten so far are things like connecting rods off of old Model A Fords (given by my friends at Model A Restorers), and some of the things we've found that we can use, are waiting... but rather expensive.
These are absolutely beautiful for everything they can be. Though they are just sitting, they'll cost us $3000 for the lot of them.
So, we're asking that you keep an eye out for things - in garages, rusting hulks in farm fields, in barns- things being pitched that you'd like to see used, but don't have a use for yourself.
More than anything, we are asking people to spread the word about our Kickstarter page (or any page you choose). We'd love to see the bulk of the kickstarter covered by tiny (but tremendously important) $1 donations - because this is a community project - and awareness will serve us better than anything as far as getting community to chime in on parts they have or can get.
As rewards we have custom guitars by Steve Brook, a Painting by me, limited edition brass etchings and screen prints pulled by us... and many other interesting things - most of which available for donations less than our selling prices.
If you are interested in keeping up to date through facebook, you can post pictures of parts and details about them on our facebook page: Facebook.com/InfernalDevice - you can also find many more details, images, and video at InfernalDevice.Net
We really hope we can get the community talking about this event, encourage participation, and hope to see as many of you can come at its September unveiling in Grand Rapids Michigan.
You can also meet with all of us at the Steam City event. We'll be picking up artworks from the Museum of Industry and Innovation, for the extension of the exhibit at the World Steam Expo on Memorial Day Weekend).
Below: One of Todd Cahill's artful steam engines
Below: One of Myke Amend's luminist and surreal landscape paintings, done for Steampunk band Abney Park
Below: "One of Steve Brook's many finely crafted and custom-rebuilt musical artworks on display at the Museum of Industry and Innovation