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Winter Fishing Gears instead of fins and just a little shape shifting to create a bit of some frozen fantasy ice fish. Fun on the frozen beach and the shop remains on full burner as winter slowly comes to an end.
Winter Fishing The studio remains on full steam as the winter’s cold slowly begins pass. Many ideas are flowing in an almost steady stream of consciousness now and we do not wish to miss a single one of them. Ideas are to be captured and nurtured and then brought to life such a joy.
Shown here is a highly efficient lightweight eclectic ray gun and innovative new design. Designed to deliver a very high voltage of electric power in a single burst. All new and innovative circuit boards make this now possible; Based on a Russian design and incorporating the work of Louis Voltaire this is a pioneering piece of high-end circuitry.
In honor of one of our "True American Heroes "we are celebrating the life and work of Peter Cooper right here at the Steam Powered Art Factory. So for this month at least we are digitally opening our doors to show you folks just what has been going on inside our shop over past several months.
“Le Balloon De Fantastical” or as the king often referred to as “Le Pure Fantasy De Flight” regarding this rather eclectic collection of sculpted art fantasy flying machines. This is another piece in a series as well that King George The III had adored in his much beloved “ “The Da Vinci Mechanical Flight Series”
Currently trying to organize the art in ‘The Steam Powered Art Factory” .The task is somwhat overwhelming, boxes, creates, barrels, the art everywhere art, prints, and sculptures every where, an almost daunting task for sure. So in the process I asked “Angus The Mad Ape” to lend a hand. I put Angus in charge of the studios sales and marketing for one week. Not a very good idea not only did he scare people away but he sold a recent piece for just three cents. He cannot help it he try’s to be good, will have to find some other jobs for him to do around the studio. Bad Monkey!!!! He will get better.
Beached Ratain Bay Moss Bunker Trawler 1964 {I have many very fond memoires of watching them with their nets out slowly traveling along the New Jersey coast in the morning summer sunlight. The view was from the captain’s seat in my small put powerful little twelve foot all homemade aluminum speedboat} Menhaden or Mossbunker is very oily fish. Their bodies were separated into oil and fish parts, the bulk of which were used as fertilizer. The name menhaden is said to derive in part from the Atlantic Coast Native American name for fertilizer, “munnauhateaug”. The local Indians taught the early settlers how to use the fish to fertilize corn and other crop plants. The coastal fishermen followed the bunker schools up and down the coast — as did the whales, dolphins, bluefish, striped bass, and sharks — and captured them in large purse seines worked by several boats at a time. It was kind of like haulseining with nets a quarter of a mile long. The fishermen worked together to make hauls and divided up the spoils democratically. This sculpture measures thirty-six inches wide by eighteen-inched high and it is composed of wood, iron, and steel.
The King George III Fish Flyer George III (George William Frederick; 4 June 1738 January 1820) was King of Great Britain and Ireland (Alexander Hamilton the subject of a hit American play, Was one of the politicians the King did business with and he often referred to Alexander as a boisterous up start. And as an ex-patriot Englishman, the king considered them to be a backcountry Wildman} George grew into a healthy but reserved and shy child. The family moved to Leicester Square, where George and his younger brother Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albany, were educated together by private tutors. Family letters show that he could read and write in both English and German, as well as comment on political events of the time, by the age of eight. He was the first British monarch to study science systematically. Apart from chemistry and physics, his lessons included astronomy, mathematics, French, Latin, history, music, geography, commerce, agriculture, and constitutional law, along with sporting and social accomplishments such as dancing, fencing, and riding. George also loved very much hanging out with musicians, craft’s people, and artists. In fact this piece was made in his honor and presented to him on his birthday by one of the local artists. George was also a great believer in manned flight and he was intensely interested in the hot air balloons that the French were developing and being tested. George’s personal favorite was the Leeds artisan was Sir James Spollen the third, knighted for his contributions to the king’s personal armory and art collection. Sir James was both an artist as well as an artisan he was a metal smith known through out the kingdom for his innovative and experiential guns.
Winter Work 2017
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Winter Work The neighbors are beginning to complain about the thick and voluminous white smoke that is spewing out of our side chimney at the factory. They also have reported strange noises and odd lights coming from the shops side windows in the wee hours of the morning. My only reply has been that I am simply doing what the voices tell me to do nothing more.
1857 the First Trans Atlantic Cable The telegraph was first developed by Samuel F. B. Morse, an artist-turned-inventor who conceived of the idea of the electric telegraph in 1832. President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged formal introductory On August 16 and complimentary messages. Unfortunately, the cable proved weak and the current insufficient and by the beginning of September had ceased functioning.
Caught this one off Midland Beach on the full moon high tide. {What a fight} I find it rather good on these winter mornings to simply walk along the cold and quiet beach to relax and get way from the shop. Working with metal and dealing with Da Vinci is rather intense. So the quite walks along the oceans edge are excellent ways to relax and simply ponder. But much to my surprise now even the driftwood is beginning to talk to me, and this fish said make me! Make me! What can I do the voices always lead the way.
The Mechanized Fish Wood and steel a rather hard catch Caught stranded on the frozen beaches edge
The Da Vinci Flyer # 8 “The Follett Flyer” 1476 This is outside the Da Vinci workshop in Florence Italy taken during his very intense period of investigation of mechanical flight. Da Vinci was very much engaged in the physical construction of quarter scaled actual mechanical flying concept designs. He would often hang them outside his shop so as to harden and dry in the warm afternoon sun .He was experimenting with various glues and resin fasteners looking for both lightness and strength. The town’s folk were very much enamored with these strange creations but they were not sure if they were art or science or possibly demonic. Some simply thought that Da Vinci was loosening his mind when in fact he was expanding it almost daily.
Detroit Steel It all began when this paten was submitted October 7 1919; the world's first mass-produced tractor the Fordson, production begins in Dearborn Michigan. The first genuine Ford tractor, called the Fordson tractor (because a misleading Ford brand not related to Henry Ford was squatting on the Ford name at the time), was a tremendous success in North America and Europe from 1917 to 1928. Ford of the U.S. left the tractor business in 1928. Ford Ltd of Britain continued to thrive with the Fordson from 1928 onward. Some British Fordsons were imported to the U.S. during the following decade.
Marie Antoinette] French: born Maria Antonia November 1755 – 16 October 1793), was the last Queen of France This Flying machine is said to have been one of Marias most favored pieces “Le Flotilla de La Dreams”. She loved both stories of adventure as well as stories of the far and distant seas. This sculpture for her seemed to encapsulate the best of both those worlds. The gondola of the balloon reminded her of all the great great sailing ships of her time. She was very much enamored with the entire series of “Flights of Fantasy” sculptures by the then local artist and sculptor Sir Christopher Le Spollen the first of Le Rouge Paris.
The home of Leonardo da Vinci 1516 – 1519 France In the autumn of 1516, Leonardo da Vinci arrived at the Château du Clos Lucé, his only known residence. Aged 64, he undertook his final journey, coming from Italy to settle in France. From Rome, he brought the entirety of his notebooks and sketches. The French King simply adored Da Vinci and his work This is a Chris Spollen enterpatation sculpture of an inspired Da Vinci Flying Machine concept piece. From Mr. Spollen’s new series “Flights of Fantasy”
Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system This was a fully adjustable static eclectic handgun prototype 1936 A prototype for the us army that never went into production
Beach Imaginations Drawing upon a not to distant past to create and make sculptures of new and strange images .A time of fun and wonder that is simply to hard to forget, as well as visually to rich not to remember. The beache a place of endless wonder and shear joy and adventure. All the videos are here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDRzKBVlAESTPK7drO68yuQ
French Balloons
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New pieces form the always-in progress “Fantastical Balloon Series”. The Steam Powered Art Factory is very much alive with winter work. The hissing of steam pipes and the sound of boilers roaring with fresh coal production in the winter months is always on a major high.
Originally crafted for King Louie of France (The Sun King) 1834 1836. These were often referred to as the “Fantastical Series of Decorative Balloons” hand crafted by local artisan’s and metal smiths and made specifically for the king who himself was a passionate lover of all things flight. They were carefully placed throughout the castle and were much beloved by the ruling class as well as the local towns people. This entire set has recently been discovered in a dusty large wooden create deep within "The Steam Powered Art Factory" vaults, Staten Island New York simply amazing.
“The Excelsior Grand” 1836 France, and all metal steel framed balloon gas filled and steam powered flying machine. {This was often considered the heavy metal in its day.}
Special thanks to the now famous “Hell Cat” for spreading the word of my current “Decorative Balloon Series” an all metallic and wood sculpture series. She is Forever hanging up posters all about our small island and in places that I could never get to or fit into. Unfortunally I rarely see her for she tends to keep wee hours and works late into the night.
This is said to to have been two of the Kings two favorite pieces “The Leopold Flier” 1836 on left And “The Palantant Balloon” on the right
Hand crafted by French artisans and metal smiths then put on display by the King himself. Each piece was a rather ecletic representation of a somewhat fantasized and very decorative form of a flying machine. The more decorative the more beloved the pieces became, amazing {1834 1836.}
Still Sculpting
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Strange how ideas just seem to pop up right after a good nights sleep. It is almost as if the brain had been processing ideas and fragmented thoughts through the night while the body is asleep. This is a fin concept for the “Chinese Flying Fish Sculpture” that I am currently working on. I grabbed a pen and with the first cup of coffee and draw it out like it had been just sitting there just waiting for me to sketch it up.
Chinese Flying Fish on a Midland Beach EarlyMorning A quiet still autumnal morning as the morning tide slowly rises , and the sun is just beginning to show its self as the gulls morning calls echo over the sound of the gentle waves. The Flying Fish contemplates its next move in the gray stillness of an early October morning “The Chinese Flying Fish” on Midland Beach 2016 Composed of steel, cast iron, silver-plated saucers, and plates,, and two part epoxy Measuring four foot high and three and a half foot wide
Had lots of fun making Robots with very enthaustic kids at Barnes and Nobel’s “Ted the Tin Man” as a big hit as he rolled into the store
The Peneington Submarine A three-man submarine designed and built in Bristol England 1924 A pure hybrid in that the Peneington had twin steam boilers yet she used an electric coil to make full steam power. She could dive to a depth of over two hundred feet and cruise at eight knots above the surface and six knots while below the surface while on pure electrical power. A true naval advancement for her time and she led to the development of bigger and faster British submarines This 2 D dimensional relief sculpture measures two foot by two foot It is comprised of Steel ,Copper ,Tin ,Glass ,Oak and two part epoxy.
The Rene Flyer 1592 Believed to have been a scale model of a working concept design by Leonardo da Vinci for one of his mechanical Flying designs. This piece was found in the south of France and was possibly part of King Louie’s “Fantastical Art Flight Collection”. e. As it turns out the king was very much enamored with flight, hot air balloons, and winged man’s flight. This sculpture measures four feet high and three feet wide it is comprised of steel, chrome, tin , as well as various hard woods.
Ships Bottom As if taken from Davey Jones locker itself, comes this strange and wonderful creation finely hand crafted from both metals and wood. This is a relic from a far distant past a form of an ancient sea dweller now at rest on the bottom of the ocean. A denizen form of some strange ancient sea creature the now survives in the image of this odd and somewhat engaging semi relief textural sculpture. This is a one and a half foot wide by fourteen inches high metal, wood, epoxy sculpture. (Materials: steel, tin, and oak)
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