For my upcycling project, I am exploring the steampunk/mechanical aesthetic. I have seen a couple examples of this online where sculptures are made out of scrape gears and parts. I am looking to do the same thing from bicycle scrapes I attained from old bikes that I have owned as well as scrape parts found in the DIDL. I believe that it shows not only how these parts can be used to make working machines but also if placed carefully can also be used for beauty in sculptures and models. Although steampunk is not exactly what I am going for, this a close representation that encompasses what I am looking for in my project. The steampunk design can be traced back to the mid 20th century from books as well as movies such as 20,000 leagues under the sea with the submarine design. Many artist that incorporate steam punk include H.G. Wells, Jules Vern, and modern artists such as Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt, and China Mieville. The aesthetic first became popular in its niche around the late 1980s and is considered a “retrofuturistic” look. The idea is derived from the industrial revolution and mid 19th century when metal mechanisms became popular with innovation and intellectual progress. Taking the machines and “over mechanizing” them to extenuate the effects of mechanics. For my project I want to blend the steampunk with my gears to sculpt a medieval sculpture. Trying to bridge the seemingly mutually exclusive genres. Which would again be a “retrofuturistic” look. The motorcycle bolt sculpture is is by Craft Palace and is a image they took for their YouTube channel. The second picture depicts an alien which was created for Bagitau.net which is a creator’s website. And the third is directly from the Word Press Media Library.