I’ve seen some impressive modifications and sculptures of animals. From Lisa Black’s taxidermy to Mike Libby’s Insect Lab, there’s so much potential for the combination of organic and inorganic elements of Steampunk sculpture.
There’s another artist to add to that list. Tom Hardwidge who has specialized in Steampunk insect sculptures since 2010.
Arthrobots are unique Steampunk arthropod sculptures fashioned from spent ammunition, screws, wire, and watch parts. Each is hand made and the detail on each of his creations is truly impressive. Steampunk Naturalists are going to love these.
To purchase one of the works of art already on the website, or to commission your own piece, you’ll need to get in contact with Tom as there is no online store. If you happen to live in the UK, however, some sculptures are available to buy from Tom’s local gallery in Bollington, Macclesfield.
The work of a young Japanese artist, Shojiro Yamauchi (内山翔二郎), recently surfaced on my radar via the blog TokyoBling. In a new installation at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Yamauchi has employed the Steampunk aestetic for his latest work, roughly translated as “Inhabitants Of A Certain Planet.”
That’s a gear embedded cicada that, according to the writer, is a couple meters across. Please visit the original blog to see the full collection of insects and arachnids that make up this impressive gear-driven collection.
Personally, I’d love to see Mike Libby team up with Mr. Yamauchi. It would be amazing to see what they two of them could create together!
Steampunk is full of wondrous contradictions. It stands at the crossroads of science fiction and fact, the man-made and natural, and forges a unique subculture from the ensuing chaos.
And that’s precisely why I love Mike Libby’s art:
(c) 2008 Mike Libby
That’s an actual exoskeleton of a dragonfly that has been modified with watch parts and other minute pieces of technology to give this specimen a unique, Steampunk flair. Add to this amazing art the knowledge that the collection of insect specimens was incredibly popular during the Victorian times, and you have the basis for some truly outstanding home decor!
Mike Libby has individual specimens for sale here. While they are not cheap, their ability to impress and the singular nature of these works insure the wisdom of this art investment. Animal lovers will be happy to know that he uses only non-endangered specimens for his work. And, like all of my favorites artists, Libby does unique designs for those customers with personal desires and ideas for a commission. Spectacular!
Admire the work but don’t have the budget to purchase an original of Libby’s? Consider a print of your favorite modified creature.
I’ve honestly never seen anything quite like Libby’s work, and at such stunning detail. He is clearly a master craftsman who understands the important connection between science fiction and science fact.