At times I adopt the steampunk persona “SteamSmith.” SteamSmith is a maker of things of all sorts; in particular, things that meet the needs of her highness, Princess Nancy, the reining monarch of “The Principality.” Among the Princess’s needs is an airship capable of hosting large diplomatic delegations and events. I created this wall sculpture “to meet her highnesses needs.”
The airship is made of: pewter, brass, bonze & nickel silver; the frame (which is part of the sculpture) is made of: steel, brass, wood & paper.
The airship is has lots of details and includes 8 moving parts. The passenger compartment door opens (revealing the spiral staircase), the engine room door opens, two of the gears inside the engine room turn, it has three propellers that spin and a flag that “waives”.
The frame measures 12 x 10 x 2 inches; the Airship measures 6 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.
All the parts of this airship were made from raw metal stock using traditional metal working and jewelry making techniques. Metal waist was reused or recycled.