Image courtesy of Wired
I just heard about the art of Steampunk recently, and I’m not surprised it has a rich history that someone has wrote about on Wikipedia. Here is the breakdown:
Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.
Anyway, I heard about Steampunk through Wired, and I just thought the images on their page were excellent. I like the mixture of old and new. I do not normally like “old” looking art, but this just works for me. It twists the products in just the right way to incorporate the old without it looking like some strange hobby. I could do without the gold, but the attention detail and science fiction elements help me to overlook it.