Steampunk

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30.11.2019

A sci-fi style that delights with its extraordinary stylistics, breaks all stereotypes and excites with its imagination. Despite the fact that this art originated in the last century, today it is gaining more and more popularity. Steampunk combines industrial elements and applied art, including a range of genres such as fiction and alternative history, post-apocalyptic, horror and detective. The word Steampunk was introduced into widespread use by the writer Kevin Jeter, who used the term in his literary works written in the Victorian fiction genre. Steampunk found reflection not only in architecture and interior solutions, but turned into a whole cultural movement, created in opposition to cyberpunk based on real technologies, the main of which were steam engines.

Today steampunk is increasingly used in the design of interiors of homes, restaurants and hotels, and objects with an abundance of gears, levers, valves, trimmed with shiny copper on polished wood can be seen in fashionable public spaces. And this trend is not accidental, because such solutions fit perfectly into any landscape and become a unique addition to the decor.

Striking examples include the Paris metro station Arz-e-Mettier, created in the form of a submarine from the novel by Jules Verne. The idea of ​​this transformation belongs to the Belgian artist François Chuitin.

No less remarkable is the New Zealand city of Oamaru, which holds the Guinness Book of Records for its largest collection of steampunk items.

The film industry has produced quite a few films imbued with this style. These popular blockbusters Mad Max, Waterworld, Van Helsing, Amber City, Wild Wild West are completely built on the steampunk style, and films containing its components in one way or another are a matter of separate research. As for Russia, it began to gain momentum in our country only recently, although back in 1986 at Mosfilm director Georgy Danelia filmed “Kin-dza-dza!”, Which has a very unusual plot for Soviet cinema.

In recent years, this style has gained attention thanks to incredible art objects made from heterogeneous iron debris. Increasingly, modern artists draw inspiration from it, creating sculptures of people and animals, techniques and abstract figures assembled from gears, steel plates, rods, pipes and chains. And what extraordinary and amazing projects for interiors and landscape design can be made in steampunk! It creates practically no barriers for authors, except for the limitations of their own imagination. In addition to decorative functions, these products can also carry quite practical functions, such as lamps in the form of a lantern fish or a spider, on whose legs loft lamps are burning, or a brazier in the form of a steam locomotive, motorcycle, dragon.

There are no restrictions or strict canons on materials and assembly technologies. The beauty is that you can use any metal objects, as well as combine them with other materials: wood, stone, glass, fabric and leather. The same old bicycle chain with traces of corrosion, which is high time to throw it away, or gears, spokes, bearings, car headlights – all this stuff gets the right to a second life, reincarnation in works of art.

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