The origins in Steampunk style are science fiction. His fantastic, retro-meeting approach has brought a special esthetic to life, one you will not forget soon. Immediately obvious, steampunk depends heavily on the combination between tradition and steam engineering to create a sleek look and sound.
A very curious characteristic of steampunty architecture is that it is typically found in the 18th and 19th century in the British Victorian period, or the Wild West of Frontier America. Of example, the vivid conceptualization and distortion of development in these common contexts is where this architecture trend diverges greatly from tradition.
It is this almost paradoxical partnership that makes this trend so beautifully stunning, traditional and modern at once (for its time).
Take a look at the creative aspects of steampunk design.
Steampunk Design History
We will be lazy to go into the scientist's work of the well-known writers Jules Verne, Mary Shelley and H.G. As we speak about the history of the trend. Wells. Wells. Wells. In the 19th century, many of their novels were written, which is the usual place for stories of this genre. Their vast and imaginative science fiction works were packed with superior technological theory that gradually provided the ideal breeding ground for Steampunk Architecture.
The term itself is interesting because it is derived from cyberpunk, an offshoot of science fiction, which centers on the relationship between high tech and society's dregs, especially in the light of violent societal shifts and technological advances. The actual word 'steampunk' was recently introduced (late 1980s), but it had been understood as a unique design language for decades. We've got K.W. scientist and horror writer. And thanks to him for coining this word, Jeter, who also writes Star Wars and Star Trek novels.
Now that we're out of the way with the etymological origin, we want to discover where the very captivating visuals of this motion began.
Looking through the 20th century media, Disney was one of the first, grand-scale visual representations of this style in 1954, the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Classic. The film tells the story of an expedition hunting for a sea monster, just to find out, that the monster is a truly anti-hero, captain Nemo, submarine. It is particularly the Nautilus submarine of Nemo, that has an interesting design for steampunk.
Apart from 20,000 leagues Under the Sea, the 1960 film, The Time Machine, was also an early depiction of visuals in this style. Wells same name book. Wells book. Here the design features of this aesthetic are displayed by the time machine itself. The book of Wells, when written in the late 19th century, was another precursor of the same style.
In 1990, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling wrote their first book, The Difference Motor. Acknowledged as a large-size exposure of this esthetic, the classic steampunk formula was introduced, in which its characters found themselves in an early Victorian world, a steam-powered mechanical machine (technology). What was surprising was the obviously bleak viewpoint of this steampunk book, when most of the literature of this genre is more positive.
Theme parks have also played a fair part in making such a style popular with both Disney and Six Flags. Disney's DisneySea theme park includes a Mystery Island section with a prominent esthetics and a "Steampunk District" theme park with a Six Flags Magic Mountain.
The media and entertainment have not been the only industries in which this movement could be seen throughout the years. Completed in 1994 to celebrate the dedication of Verne, a native of Nantes, the Paris Métro's station "Arts et Metiers" was made up in steampunk sensitivities.
For almost a decade, from 2006 to 2015, the legendary Burning Man festival took part when The Neverwas Haul was shown at its site. The Neverwas Haul is best defined as a Victorian mobile house on wheels serving as an artistic activity. It had "retired" to an art-vehicle factory in Vallejo, California, after its appearance at the Burning Man Festival.
Even at the moment, from 2004 to 2008, more steampunk elements began to appear in the films, with two remarkable examples in the movie series Hellboy. Hellboy (2004), and The Golden Army (2008), based on the comic-book series, illustrated different aspects of this style. Karl Roprecht Kroenen, the first film's villain, has a great number of mechanical parts, such as a heart clockwork. The sequel went on top of aspects of this template, as a namesake squadron of almost five thousand mechanical steampunk warriors is the Golden Army itself.
In 2008, a modern-day art exhibition called the Telectroscope was created by London-based sculptor and artist Paul St. George. It was a means of linking New York City to London visually and was based on an infrastructure in Victory-style.
The UK's The History of Science Museum in Oxford was then presented with a steampunk exhibition from late 2009 to early 2010, the very first of its kind in the world. This exhibition featured the contributions of numerous artists from all over the world. Also an example of this increasingly popular design trend was the attendance of some 80,000 people, which made it the most popular exhibition in the history of the museum.
We now go to New Zealand halfway across the planet where the Libratory Steampunk Art Gallery was opened in late 2010. This has become the first gallery of artists to be able to sell their artworks in the city during the year, and that became the country's first fashion phenomenon. The Art Gallery Libratory Steampunk featured:
An incredible underwater world
Industrial retrospective facilities
Another art gallery in New Zealand was opened in 2011 devoted to this esthetics. As the name implies, Steampunk is now a major tourist attraction in Oamaru 's victorian district and an art gallery, which collaborates in the exhibition of this design trend with industrial flavours. The gallery features different sculptures, some audio-visual equipment and a famous steampunk engine. The engine is outside the facility known as 'heat' from its fireplace.
In this architecture revolution, only the apparel industry got involved.
Based on an study of over a half million articles on everything from news outlets and forums to social media and message boards, IBM Consumer Opinion Index forecast in 2013 that Steampunk is being introduced into retail in the years to come. Of note, some of the product collections have also been launched by high-fashion companies such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Christian Dior.