For my upcycling project I have decided to go with oceanpunk. Why oceanpunk one may ask? Oceanpunk, a subgenre of steampunk, has always fascinated me with its fusion of futuristic elements and the mysterious allure of the deep sea. The combination of technology and marine life creates a visually appealing contrast that sparks the imagination into a vast, well, ocean. The idea of a dystopian underwater world, where remnants of our modern era coexist with the ocean’s wonders, drew me in. This aesthetic allows for a harmonious blend of mechanical and organic elements, offering endless possibilities for creativity.

For the project, I envision a scene set in the dark depths of the ocean. Picture this: sea grass swaying gently with the current, mysterious objects scattered across the ocean floor, and in the center, a scuba tank standing as a silent witness to the passage of time. This scuba tank, lost at sea during the Oceanpunk era, tells a story of abandonment and the relentless march of progress. My project will stand in more of a poetic arena, one that will be up to interpretation by the viewer.

As far as my materials for the project, I felt as though it should be fairly easy to complete what I am going for with cardboard and metal cans. The can would be used to create the centerpiece of the scene, the scuba tank, showcasing the fusion of technology and the sea. Cardboard can be used for the rest as long as I paint it. The rigidity of the cardboard should also help with creating the backgroundI could potentially use shadows as well for the atmospheric lighting, which may help in creating an atmosphere of mystery. Any seagrass and other marine elements can be made from the cardboard, providing a good texture for the landscape.

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  • Benjamin Hyde
    February 4, 2024 7:20 pm

    Though not a direct comparison, the film Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic sort of reminds me of an Ocean punk style of this project. Where the movie sets are like a theatre set, and you can see the both the ocean, the sky, as well as the interior of ships.

  • Jace Aschbrenner
    February 4, 2024 7:15 pm

    Hi Cannon,
    This is an interesting aesthetic, I haven’t looked into steampunk much, but it seems like it’ll turn into a really cool piece. I think it’s cool that you’re taking the art route, I was wondering what coloring method you are planning on using, it would be cool to elaborate on that!


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