A Well-Oiled Machine

I eventually forced myself to leave behind the steel ghosts in the warehouse beside the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology and moved on to the museum itself. For those of you who are not familiar with this place, it is a huge steam-powered water pump that used to provide Hamilton with it’s drinking water. It is engineering from an era when machines were allowed to be beautiful.

Cylinder Head
Piston Rods
Steam-Punk Goggles

Steel ghosts

I recently visited the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology to take some photos after sunset to show how the machinery would glow under the last vestiges of daylight combined with the old incandescent lighting of the museum. Before I went into the actual museum, I had a chance to take a look inside an attached warehouse and found a graveyard of old machinery. This post is about what I found in the warehouse.

Waiting Talon.

Distant Rumble


Origins of Steam-Punk

I was at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology recently to drop off some of my work that will be shown as part of their Re-Evolution show (Oct 28, 2011 to June 24, 2012) and had the chance to take some photos of the old steam-powered water pumps that are the core of the museum. These well-maintained 70-ton pumps are a wonder to behold, relics from the era of Victorian engineering – an age when functional machines were allowed to also be beautiful machines. I can understand the attraction that steam-punk enthusiasts have for this era.