The Steampunk Aesthetic: Background information when reading The Technologists

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The Technologists

A Novel

by Matthew Pearl

The Technologists
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    Feb 2012, 496 pages
    Nov 2012, 512 pages

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The Steampunk Aesthetic

Furnaces, circuits, and laboratory paraphernalia; "gasometers, gauges, air pumps, and troughs of... galvanic fluid"; clocks and submersibles - these are the trappings of nineteenth-century science at work throughout The Technologists. These are also the elements that make up the aesthetic side of the "Steampunk" movement - Victorian design plus scientific invention, natural materials plus cutting-edge technology. The creative synthesis of the historical and the innovative has spawned a wide range of fantastically appealing visual creations.

Forevertron Park

Sculptor Tom Every ("Dr. Evermor") is the genius behind Forevertron Park, a sculpture garden of salvaged-metal creations with a distinct Steampunk look. Every's sculptures combine industrial cast-offs (including some from the Victorian era) to create mechanical animals, insects, and esoteric machines:

Spider sculpture by Daniel Proulx Utopian flying machines of the 19th century, France Loudspeaker Bird by Tom Every

Artists, such as Steampunk sculptor and creator Jake von Slatt, do an especially ...

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