Bodypainted Clockwork Automata for the Launch of Hugo

December 06, 2011



Everyone in the Corporate Events Industry knows that Sternberg Clarke are a well-oiled machine - what they might not know is that we can also supply well-oiled machines... sort of. A recent film launch with a distinctly 'Steampunk' theme got our mental cogs turning to come up with an entertainment idea to fit with the event.

Martin Scorsese’s 'Hugo' represents an abrupt left turn for a filmmaker usually associated with Mobsters, Boxers, Taxi Drivers and Crooked Cops. His whimsical new children's film instead deals with a young orphan in Paris as he uncovers a mystery involving his father and a clockwork automaton. To celebrate the release of this uncharacteristically child friendly slice of Steampunk Fantasy at the Corinthia Hotel, we supplied a pair of Body Painted models who were styled to fit the clockwork motif of the movie.

For those not in the know, Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that takes inspiration from steam powered and clockwork machinery of the Victorian Age (e.g. Charles Babbage's Difference Engine or Ada Lovelace's Analytical engine) to create fantastical pieces of machinery that couldn't possibly have existed at the time. This usually manifests itself as a typewriter strapped to an iMac. Books such as William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's 'The Difference Engine', Alan Moore's 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' and even the works of Victorian novelists like H.G. Welles' and Jules Verne are often cited as 'Steampunk' though there have been elements of the genre in everything from Doctor Who to Guy Ritchie's recent Sherlock Holmes reboot.

So, plenty of material to draw (or paint) from for our artists who were on hand at the Corinthia to transform our two stunning models into gear grinding automata. Displaying painstaking attention to details, the ladies were gradually covered with intricate clockwork machinery detail and charmingly clunky brass plating until they each looked like the exposed inner workings of a strangely alluring antique pocket watch.

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