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Art of the Day: Wednesday January 05, 2011

Gyroscopic Navigational Footwear

- by Madeline Carol Matz

This week's theme: It's a Matter of Time

Steampunk is not easily defined. It's a social movement. It's a burgeoning sub-culture that encompasses art, music, fiction, fashion, lifestyle, creation, and imagination with an aesthetic that is rooted in the 19th century's technologies, sciences, and possibilities. Steampunk is not a re-creation of the past; it is history altered. It speculates on our present and its inventions, but created with the technologies and craftsmanship from the age of steam. It looks at the history drawn through a lens of modern sensibilities. It blends time, and it creates its own. Steampunk is the past, the present, the future, and a place in time that exists outside of all three.

Art: Gyroscopic Navigational Footwear by Artist Madeline  Carol Matz
The concept is a steampunk GPS boot that gets you where you're going. You punch in the coordinates into the Destination Meter and then the Gyroscopic Navigator plots it. Then you Throttle on and the propellers blast you forward on a hover cushion of steam. The boot pictured is the control boot of the pair. The non-control boot is the same but without the throttle or the destination meter. It follows the path of the control boot by using a magnetic mechanism that displaces the route a foot to the left (or right for left-handed control boots). The boots are constructed of leather, silk/hemp fabrics with brass fitting and a rubber gum sole.


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