Ever wonder how much work goes into the creation of anything steampunk? Well, IMPACT is excited to show some behind-the-scenes action of what it takes to recreate a steampunk sculpture. In great thanks to The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History for holding a steampunk exhibit, IMPACT was able to get a few premiere clips from Dean Nimmer, one of the builders behind the steampunk sculpture.
With the Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City show in mind, Dean Nimmer, Gary Hallgren and Peter Dellert made an amazing steampunk sculpture that was originally built by the Schlermer, Schloutmer and Schlitmeinster Schteampunk Company of Springfield, Massachusettes around 1844. According to Nimmer, “This factory made use of a primitive assembly line to organize completely unrelated parts and useless components to make things (or “thingamabobictums” as they were known at the time). These machines were notorious for using devices that weren’t invented yet.”
Unfortunately, the S.S.S.S.S. Company (don’t you love the name?) was burned to the ground only three short weeks after opening day. Apparently more than a few of the workers became distraught over the “appliances” they were working on, in that, even though the devices looked cool, they had absolutely no purpose or practicality. In all actuality, none of the devices did anything. At all. So the company’s own disgruntled workers were its ultimate undoing.
But, as Nimmer pointed out, “There were no customers for such devices until the advent of the Home Shopping Network more than a century and a half later. Not wanting to pass judgment, I think we can all agree that this visionary company was far ahead of its time!”
For more steampunk, visit The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History from March 22 through September 28, 2014. During this time visitors can see the new Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City display during the museum’s regular business hours (10am – 5pm).
The Steampunk Sculpture:
A collage based on the steampunk theme created by Nimmer and Janet Stupak.
A friendly salute.
Artists hard at work on the sculpture.
Up close and personal!
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