Wednesday, October 7, 2015

And you thought the steampunk movement died years ago

Nope, it's still alive and kicking in some circles on the web and these awesome sculptures prove the subgenre has a right to exist. 

Bergian artist Stephane Halleux is famous for his unique steampunk characters, engines and vehicles. I love his originality and humor, and the incredible craftsmanship of the pieces themselves. About his work, he says: "I like crazy mixtures, unlikely associations, advanced technology mixed with mechanisms of long ago. I've always been fascinated by robotics, its advantages and contradictions." Stephane's creations and his universe have been brought to life in the CGI animated short Mr Hublot, which won an Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards.

More about the artist:
"Stephane Halleux was born in Belgium on 6 July 1972 and studied illustration. He is a methodical artist and for the past 20 years he has created a coherent body of work that transports us to a strangely familiar 'old-fashioned future'. His sculptures are the result of a very precise assembly of motley elements torn from their state of inanimate objects and transformed into the embodiment of fragile neuroses. His skill lies not just in creating the figures themselves, but also in creating their personalities. His principal raw material that is even more important than the leather, the metal or the wood that he uses, is the memory of human beings, the passions that drive them, their emotions."

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