Andrew Chase’s animals are pretty cool, too, and pretty large. But what makes them especially interesting is that they are fully articulated and moveable. I’m not entirely clear whether they’re motorized and move on their own, or whether they can simply be posed by hand, but either way they’re amazing. I’m guessing that this video of
his cheetah sculpture is stop-motion, because I just don’t see how it would be possible for it to run like that on its own! You can see in these pictures of his giraffe how elegantly the joints allow movement and the cable supports it. The elephant can pick up a large metal pipe with its tusks and trunk, and in the picture above is shown just getting hold of the pipe. And finally, two words: robot dinosaur. Oh yeah!
As with all steampunk sculpture, part of the fun is the reusing of pieces that might otherwise be discarded, and part of the fun is applying technology all over the place in fantastical ways. Part of the fun is the craftsmanship that aims for beauty as well as functionality, and part of the fun is the surprise of seeing something unexpected. That’s a lot of parts of fun, isn’t it?
[Pictures: Birds, sculptures by Edouard Martinet, c. 2011;
Fish, sculpture by Martinet;
Katydid, sculpture by Martinet, c. 2010 (These images and many many more from Edouard Martinet’s web site, Daily Cool, and Colossal);
Elephant, sculpture by Andrew Chase,
Cheetah, sculpture by Chase,
Giraffe, sculpture by Chase,