Artist Artūras Tamašauskas create innovative steampunk sculptures out of trash. For thousands of years sculpture has filled many roles in human life. Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Even with our best efforts to recycle, there’s still a lot of trash around. Although sculptures can be created from countless materials. Artūras Tamašauskas create steampunk art and use various antique stuff and metal details.
A circle of time is inexorably rotating as if it was a well-stained clock mechanism. We all, no matter we work, no matter we create, we love, we dream or perform our role in an endless time performance whose directors and actors are we ourselves, are the part of this mechanism…
You don’t have to be a big steampunk fan to admire the skill in Artūras Tamašauskas’s steampunk sculptures.
Artūras Tamašauskas – Steampunk Sculptures Created From Trash
“I immersed into the new type of arts some years ago. It overpowered me as soon as I got acquainted with it. That is a very strange type of arts full of unexpected solutions and inventions and it fits to one word “Steampunk.“ I use the most diverse materials for work starting from wares, antiquarians and ending with rubbish that is useless.”
“It is a pleasure for me that I can help to transform an item that was thrown and is useless giving it the opportunity to exist in a new shape, in a new form as if I continued its existence in an already artistic expression.”
“I present my works and advertise them mostly on the Internet. A steampunk style lovers from Lithuania, Netherlands, Germany, USA and Australia have acquired some of my works. I want to share my works with you and I hope that it will help to find myself.”
“I’ve been thinking about creating a penguin for a long time. These creatures are funny for me but at the same time graceful and elegant. The royal penguin catched my eye. He seemed to be the perfect one to realise my ideas. While I was holding an old motorcycle lamp housing in my hand, the idea came – it will be the main part of the body! The rest came itself. I didn’t try to copy the exact proportions of the body, I wanted to make it as funny animated cartoon character or something like that and my fantasies became reality. The royal penguin stands on the transparent floe with dignity, looking into the distance as if knowing exactly where the next hole will be drilled…”
“Once upon a time a mole lived and he had his own mole hole (a house). It was his portable property which could stand anywhere and no land tax had to be paid for this because it was a mole, spectacled and armed, with exclusive length nails which helped him to dig the longest tunnel with very little effort.”
“Of course, he didn‘t know anything about the secret exit. A caterpillar was running out through it as soon as he started feeling danger. It always happened but as soon as it gets to know about it, that will end or maybe they‘ll become friends…”
“That‘s the story that was born in my head while I was turning over the corpse of vacuum cleaner in my hands.”
Sperm whale bathyscaphe
“This piece of art was created quite accidentally. I was assembling the sculpture at my studio and while looking for a proper part, I saw an old sewing machine corpse cover dropped a long time ago.”
“I’ve found another one identical cover, mixed up with each other in my mind and I had already imagined the result of the future work. The idea of combining the submarine and the sea resident sperm whale was in my mind because they looked somehow similar to me. I had to use my imagination to make this attractive bathyscape and sperm whale hybrid.”
“As soon as I noticed an ostrich I understood that it can be a good object to fulfill my ideas. That’s a bird symbolizing speed, power and gracefulness.
“The main detail which the creative process began with was the bend part of the saxophone. Its graceful bending matched with the neck of an ostrich.”
A chameleon among flowers
“I’ve noticed that a lot of people like my chameleons. I’ve already created four of them. They‘re interesting and weird living beings which charm with their colour and strange shape of body.”
“I always find compositions of different textures and colours. Each of them is lovely for me even though that one among the blossoms I like most.”
“The emergence of this sculpture was initiated by the old scissors which was received from the aunt to chop the fins. Their curved shape fated this scissors to become hawthorn. Later everything self-assured.”
“Again everything turned into the feeling as if I‘m creating the animation movie character. That‘s the way it goes by itself, as I‘m trying to represent each animal with unusual attributes and shapes. Then they become interesting, even funny, but it‘s exactly my wish and my purpose – to cause curiosity in people and reward a smile. I think that a good dose of humour haven‘t hurt anyone until now. Some time ago I had created a walrus but it was much smaller. It completely surpassed my expectations. That‘s a real diving champion.”