In 2011, I had heard a bit about the sculpture called "The Infernal Device." After reading information from several sources, I found out that an incredible amount of work (and tears) went into the creation of this massive steampunk-inspired piece.
|Sketch of the Infernal Device's many parts|
The sculpture was an entry in the 2011 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the largest open-entry fine art competition in the country. ArtPrize includes thousands of entries each year, scattered throughout the city. It did not win, but had many admirers, as seen in this photo gallery containing hundreds of pictures of the process, the parts, construction, and more.
|The Infernal Device at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 2011|
"The Infernal Device is a large mechanical animated sculpture being built by steampunk/retrofuturist artist Myke Amend, Nan and David Braun of Cogbots, and steam-machine modeler Todd Cahill as a collaborative entry for Artprize (the country’s largest open entry art competition,
held in Grand Rapids MI). Our intent is to build a dynamic sculpture using 90% Vintage, Re-purposed materials that will be powered entirely by alternative energy sources (wind, solar, steam)."
Video of Infernal Device Collaborator Todd Cahill and some of his other work, including steam engines.
You may read about some of the challenges that the team faced and apparently overcame, as posted over the months on their Kickstarter page. I am glad that the sculpture was finished, even if it did not win that particular competition; perhaps it will make an appearance at steampunk venues in the future.
(Seen this work of art in person, or know where it might be seen in the future? Please leave a comment and let me know.)