Device, Volume 1: Fantastic Contraption is a beautiful 120-page paperback that highlights brilliant mechanapunk-steam-cybercreations by an international group of artists. The book release accompanies an exhibition of these contraptions at the new Device Gallery in La Jolla, California, which runs from July 19th through September 2nd.
Publisher IDW reports,"'Fantastic Contraption is as much as an experience as it is an exhibition and sets the tone for the unique aesthetic of the Device Gallery,' explains gallery co-owner Amy Brotherton. It’s like being transported in time to Leonardi Da Vinci’s workshop and while the work cannot easily be defined by a genre or medium, the sheer genius is undeniable."
It's amazing to see this movement hit the publishing mainstream, and I continue to hope that it'll have a positive influence on a new generation of young industrial designers and mad scientists. The book will be released on July 29, 2008, but it's available to pre-order for less than $14.