Copper in the Arts

August 2011

The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan Launched

Art Donovan's Steampunk Book Art Donovan's Steampunk Book

Photograph courtesy of Art Donovan

Author, curator and designer Art Donovan’s latest book The Art of Steampunk was officially launched this month, celebrating this unique genre filled with innovative copper and brass art. A book signing and author talk was held on Aug. 6 at Canios Book Store on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

The Art of Steampunk brings the vision of Steampunk artists from around the world, alive on the page, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre. The 18 artists featured have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford in England. This historic show became the most popular and widely attended in the museum's history.

Their artwork consists of everything from brass clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, and every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator. In most cases, the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces. Those fully embracing the Steampunk ideology have adopted a Victorian alter ego – mad scientists and world explorers – to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork.

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