These Steampunk creations are larger and were designed for specific locations. Most tell a story or have a theme. These larger spaces allow for greater details and numerous elements,
This is a foyer in a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe, California, designed and constructed by VGL and Sunshine Design.
PRISONER OF TIME
This is a multimedia installation with motion, sounds and lights all controlled by an embedded microcompouter. This piece is an allegory for the freedoms we lost when we became prisoners of an abstraction we call time.
Approaching this installation, it magically starts, first with the metronome creating the tic-toc sound. Then the hourglass rotates every 2 minutes. When the alarm bell sounds, the alarm clock hands spin forward and the prisoner's cell lights up as he rises in his bed.
The poem was written by me as the piece came together over two months and mentions all of the elements of the piece
The piece stands 74" high and 16" wide
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Mad Hatter's Tea Maker ______________SOLD
SAN DIEGO COUNTY 2016 ART FAIR MULTIPLE AWARD WINNER
1st PLACE WINNER for "MOST INVENTIVE 3D Art" and Honorable Mention in "RECYCLED ART"
Close up of the Teapot
Of course the clock keeps time but runs backwards and the pendulum matches the Hatter's watch, which only shows the date. The clock face is illuminated by a cool electroluminescent panel, Significant re-purposed pieces include a builders level, vintage truck fire extinguisher, wood handle from a '30s rose duster, old lab apparatus with a desk lamp base and old process control equipment with gauges. The teapot is thrift shop with embossed polymer clay and decoupage card images. The top is supported by an acrylic pillar with LED illumination. The pot is a notable piece by itself. "Liquids" in the piece are actually resin and all pieces are secure to base.
This is an imposing conversation piece perfect for a bar or kitchen island. 28" w, 16"deep and 42" high. Low power lighting from 12v wall adapter, included. One year guarantee.
ABSINTHE REFINERY........Private Commission
Here is a DIY absinthe refinery, with UV laser powered boiler into a brass refining tower. There are dials and meters for mood and consciousness and a pendulum clock if you loose track of the time. It all feeds into a copper urn, detailed with images of absinthe bottles surrounded by polymer clay detailing.
36" tall by 22" wide.
Close-up of Absinthe Urn
This is a 1930s vintage solid copper, nickle plated coffee urn. Many of these images on the urn are taken from old absinthe bottle labels. Note the intricate polymer clay detailing.
A HAND FROM THE MILKY WAY-Private Commission
This was made for a published science fiction author. and evokes one of her stories. The HAND, made from resin and polymer clay is enclosed in a glass laboratory vessel, with green veins made of EL wire and a uranium glass ball in the palm which emits an eerie glow from the embedded UV LED. The pendulum bob swings in front of the flat plasma display, as the clock face is illuminasted by a EL panel. The beaker is filled with fluorescent dye, so it glows as it is lit from UV LEDS.
The piece showcases many of the unique capabilities of Vandegraaff Laboratories, integrating clocks, metal work, plasma displays, laboratory equipment and EL wire and panels
The piece is 36" wide, 34" high, and 10" deep. Runs off of a 12v wall unit.
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THE CHIEF.........Private Commission
Four 1950's vintage Pontiac hood ornaments surround a vintage Pontiac hubcap,in this unique wall light sculpture. Mounted on an aluminum substrate automotive style painted and topped with clear coat, in a vintage "apple Green" color. The 4 "Chiefs" are illuminated from within by leds. The up-lights are police car spotlights converted to LEDs, with an integral dimmer to set the light level. The surround is a 1" chrome rail. Measures 39" on a side and only requires 8 watts.
An Auger OF LIGHT ----Private Commission
Here is a hand-operated 1900 vintage drill press, with an 11" spiral filament Edison bulb, topped off by vintage copper ball. The device is powered from spiral wires from the "roof" and it is holding a vintage auger bit.
The installation is backed with reclaimed wood boards and the press is attached as if it were in a corner of a workshop. The addition of a calendar from 1900, the vintage blowtorch and the female harlequin make this diorama a teaser for the imagination.
AIRSHIP STEAM LAUNDRY CONTROLS
This is the control panel of a steam-powered airship laundry. It is 10 feet high and 3 feet wide. Surrounded by steel girders and incorporating vintage wood, steam gauges, sprockets, valves and chains. The old light switch is functional andcontrols the 5V LED above.
This was a custom installation to fill a very tall and narrow space. This concept can also be used as the front of a bar, behind plexiglass, with the chains able to move.