I often hear people asking 'just what is steampunk' well thanks to eHow we have this great description:-
Steampunk art mixes modern ideas and
technology with those from the past, namely the Victorian Age, when
the Industrial Revolution was in full swing and steam was a major
source of power. The genre started with literature, where science
fiction and fantasy met Victorian-era scientists, but has since
evolved to include all art forms, according to Web Urbanist.
Steampunk materials are often things
you would find in an old science lab or industrial lot. Lots of wood
as well as copper, brass, steel, iron and other heavy metals often
comprise many of the pieces. Glass, old-fashioned lightbulb and watch
parts, clockwork, rivets, cogs, levers, springs, gears and other
pieces of machinery are also popular materials. Leather is another
Steampunk staple, often sewn crudely together with thick stitches and
Some examples of Steampunk Art are an
astronaut decked out in an old-fashioned, stitched, leather space
suit is just one example of Steampunk art noted in the BBC's mini
slide show of the Steampunk art exhibition at England's Museum of the
History of Science at the University of Oxford. Another example was
an antique Victrola, complete with its crank and ear horn but with
the addition of an eyeball in its center and billing as an "eye-pod."
One more example paired a robotic baby in a glass cylinder that was
hooked up to an old-style pocket watch and other contraptions, titled
"The Complete Mechanical Womb.
Some of the Steampunk's major
inspirations come from movies, according to Web Urbanist. "Wild
Wild West," which hit the big screen in 1999, featured a giant,
mechanical spider, owned by Professor Loveless and powered by steam.
Earlier film inspiration was 1977's "Star Wars," which
still generates Steampunk versions of Stormtroopers and the squatty
I also found this link with 20
fabulous examples of steampunk art which can be found here