My family went to the California State Fair on August 31st. Mightily disspointed that the Sky Coaster had been replaced by a bungee jump.
The was the “Garr Scott”, a true steam-run tractor. It ran a large belt down to a columbine or thresher. It put out a mighty horn blast as steam poured out of the stack. It startled me a number of times. I’m not sure if there is much traffic out in a field that would neccessitate having such a powerful horn. But there is a more than decent chance I’m ignorant of what kinds of audible communication might be handy while plowing or planting.
There were a number of sculptures that had a very Steampunk look to them. The best of those I’ll save for last. Some of these are more steampunk than others.
There was a bizarre sculpture that doesn’t really fit into any catagory. A winged lady with knives for wings…
There were the automotive bulldogs…
There was a beautiful sculpture of a dragon done in stainless steel and copper. It was selling for $26,000. Done by William Mang, entitled Zanthony Chinese Dragon. It large and beautiful and has a surprising secret. Taken without a flash, the dragon is stunning. Take a photo with a flash and the copper in the wings gives the impression of the wings actually being on-fire.
And lastly, the most steampunk item I saw at the California State Fair was this humongous sculpture. Done by Dave Lane, he says about his sculpture:
“Grandpa Mosley” is the companion of last year’s “Grandma Planet”. This culture, which builds and moves planets, encountered space dwelling creatures, and built a place for them to meet and talk about things. Nobody can tell what they actually look like, so they’re depicted here (in the cylinder) as characters from alphabets. I used to work with a guy, Willie Mosely, who reminded me of my own Grandpa, also named Willie. They were both pranksters. Lately, I’ve been thinking of Jonah. The name Mosely goes to Mosul, across the river from ancient Nineveh. This piece uses parts from a variety of sources, can you find them?… A basketball backstop, old wagon frame, casters from caterpillar forklife, a stevdore (hand truck), spray rig wheels, I-beams, harrows, J.D. drive sproket, logging tongs.
I have many more photos of this last sculpture which I will happily upload later this week when I have more time to edit them to a file size more blog/internet friendly. They are currently big enough to wallpaper my house with.