The Scramble for Africa was a period during the 19th and early 20th centuries wherein various European powers undertook the exploration and subsequent colonization and subjugation of the continent. Africa still struggles to this day with the effects of imperialism, and is, by far, the world’s poorest continent. If you don’t know a lot about the Scramble for Africa, do consider taking a look at this article to give you a basic understanding. It’s things like this that make me glad I’m a Steampunk and not a Neo-Victorian; a lot of this should be downright repulsive to the modern reader.
While European colonialists were running rough-shod over the people and resources of Africa, others were busy plowing through Africa’s fauna. The notion of the safari, back in those days, was for people to hunt game, and even selected a Big Five game list for no other purpose than to bring back skins and heads of their kills as trophies to hang on the walls of their homes.
Fortunately, at least in the respect to the safari, times have changed. You can’t go shooting lions and rhinoceros at your whim nowadays, and the whole animal heads on the wall is definitely not as overwhelming popular as it was back then.
But say you want something like that on your wall, but you’re the gentle sort who doesn’t like the notion of shooting an animal. You may like this Steampunk inspired art by Nemo Gould:
Behold the elusive Acoustapus that was created by Nemo Gould using naught but an acoustic guitar, rocking chair parts, chair arms, salad bowl, beads, light fixtures, brass screws, aluminum. No animals were harmed in the making of this piece of art!
If you fancy the Acoustapus, check out this one entitled Waste Deep:
Nemo Gould makes all sorts of awesome retrofuturistic sculptures from found materials. You should totally check out his website to see more fantastic artwork.