Saturday, June 2, 2012

Steampunk Elizabeth?

As England gears up for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, lets not forget that even a Golden Jubilee is a pretty big deal.  While wandering around Carlisle on a rain soaked day I came across a strange commerative of that 50th anniversary.

It is a sort of industrial-art installation.  Check it out:
It was in an underpass under a busy road near Carlisle castle, so my photo quality is not the best.  Also it was rather spooky and dimly lit.  The things show cased did not seem all that regal, they appeared to be bits of old machinery with a sort of 19th century vibe to them.  Some had plaques explaining local roots, other things just.....were.

A substantial orange gear.
A plow?  And some kind of cables?

A big honkin' eggbeater.

Assorted green, orange and blue objects.

It's hard to know what to make of all this stuff.  It reminds me a little of a "Steampunk" comic, where impractical mechanisms along the lines of giant dirigibles and steam powered robots are, in defiance of conventional rules of physics, practical.

My favorite example of this genre is Girl Genius, a long running web based comic that claims to be about "Adventure, Romance and Mad Science".

I warn you, it can be addicting, but to appreciate GG you need to scroll back to the beginning episode.  And be prepared to waste some time there.

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