Steampunk Rhinoceros (2014). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.
The self-working machines called “automata” have been known for millennia. They were created in ancient Greece and China, and even through the Middle Ages, in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the automaton became very popular and its complexity increased. Soon there were automata in the form of birds that ate and digested, scribes that wrote in fine cursive script, and robots that played chess. Despite the advent of micro-miniaturized electronics, mechanical automata continue to fascinate us today.
To pay tribute to automata, Art of RetroCollage presents the first of a series of animals re-imagined from a steampunk perspective. Each animal is a collage composed of engravings of manmade objects and concepts fitted together to suggest its living counterpart.
These steampunk animals are far from being automata. But it is hoped that they will inspire us to imagine the possibilities of machines that may one day emulate nature in the best sense.
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