A computer workstation built from Victorian-era bathroom fixtures spells retro-futuristic relief at a new exhibit of geek-friendly “antiques.” The Steampunk Time Machine Antique Master Bathroom Computer Workstation, designed by Bruce Rosenbaum and Walter Parker, melds a modern computer with antique plumbing components, including a ribcage shower, toilet and pipes.
The piece joins a raft of similar objects from the Jules-Verne-meets-Bill-Gates school of contraption art in Steampunk: Form and Function: An Exhibition of Innovation, Invention and Gadgetry, an exhibit hosted by the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts.
“The museum believes if you can see where you’ve been, then you can see where you’re going,” Elln Hagney, the institution’s executive director, told Wired.com in a phone interview. “Steampunk is a natural blending of those two things. This exhibition allows us to illustrate the artful side of innovation, while the functionality of these pieces lets you see the science, technology, engineering and math.”
The show includes more than 30 digitally rejiggered antiques, including clocks, coffeemakers, humidifiers, workstations and grand pianos. It’s all displayed, appropriately enough, in a former textile factory built in 1814. Check the gallery above for a sampling of exhibition pieces.
Sponsored by Steampuffin and ModVic Home Design, Steampunk Form & Function: An Exhibition of Innovation, Invention and Gadgetry, opens Oct. 30 with a screening of Ajar Communications’ movie Steam Driven (trailer embedded below). The exhibit runs through Jan. 15, 2012.
Images courtesy Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation