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EnginArtists Myke Amend, Steve Brook, and Todd Cahill are building a massive wind, steam, and solar powered mechanical sculpture.

** We made our minimum goal! ... Thank you! **

If you are coming in now, and find you still want the rewards, we're more than happy to offer them for the remaining hours. Though it is recommended we keep pushing for a higher percentage after the fact, and though our minimum was truly 'minimum': We quit campaigning when we hit 120%, because we wanted to give everyone's news feeds a break from all of the reminders, tweeting, and linking.

We've been campaigning hard for 43 days - and are beyond grateful that not only did everyone bear with us, but gave such incredible support. Our friends, the entire community, the internet as a whole, has been so amazingly gracious to us - and gave us more support in spreading the word than we could ever have hoped for.

Thanks Everyone for making this happen - you are utterly amazing and we are so beyond grateful. This has been an amazing experience for all of us! 

- Myke Amend

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Hello!

We are three "EnginArtists", building a large functioning mechanical work of art that will combine sculpture, engineering, and painting, built from rescued and Repurposed/Recycled vintage parts, powered by Renewable Energy sources - with a 25-foot long and 8 foot high spinning/rotating painting as one of the central moving pieces... this painting will also include a Zoetropic Animation in the work to make it all the more spectacular. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoetrope)

The exhibit will also include a showcase of many types of generators and other renewable energy devices (gasinators, sterling engines, etc..) that you can build from parts easily found around your home - Our goal is to educate, as well as to make a stunning piece of art.

Other moving pieces will include animated sculptures/statues, also powered by the same sources - these many moving parts and figures will make the Device much like the clocktowers of old - with interesting movement and activity in every corner of the piece.

Your participation will allow this piece to come to life, and will allow three of us to work on an immense and spectacular scale we three could previously only dream of .

Our first exhibit will be for Arprize in Grand Rapids, MI (a huge open-entry art competition), but we also plan on taking part in Maker Faires and other such events and take the show ON THE ROAD (hopefully to your town).

Please help us build this huge traveling exhibit - we have a serious passion for this project, and with supporters who have the same - we can make this happen.

This kickstarter will cover the base materials for this project, and transportation - but we will be throwing a lot of our own money (and even more in time) into bringing this dream to life.


Below: (REWARD) The Lost City - 14x11 original painting on 400lb bristol board painted in acrylic:

Below: (REWARD) The Ruins - 14x11 original painting on 400lb bristol board painted in acrylic:

Above (REWARD): "MoonBeam" one of many fine, rare and one of a kind rewards being offered here for far less than sale price.

Above: SteamHag: A Favortie Guitar from Steve Brook, available here.

Painter Myke Amend Talks about the Device (youtube)

Below: Promo Video made by author GD Falksen:

Below: A simple 3d-render of the basics of the machine, to show scale.

Below: Steve's design for the primary moving parts:

Below: One of Todd Cahill's artful steam engines

Below: Myke Amend's first scale model of "The Device"

Below: "The Rescue", painted by Myke Amend for Steampunk band: Abney Park

Below: One of Myke Amend's Storybook and steampunk-inspired illustrations:

Below: "One of Steve Brook's many finely crafted and custom-rebuilt musical artworks on display at the Museum of Industry and Innovation

Also: $20 through our kickstarter gets you a signed and personalized print of any of the below (you'll need to go to my gallery page to get full views... it was crazy just putting this compilation of thumbnails together):

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  • They already are. I just couldn't change the rewards after the fact if people had selected them

    For the record: any donation of 20 or more also gets the coloring book, all the PDF downloads, *and* their name in our listing.

    Any Donation of $11 or more gets the coloring book, but it also gets the coloring book, all the PDF downloads, *and* their name in our listing.

    Any Donation of $7 or more gets all the PDF downloads and a place in our listing.

    Any donation of $3 or more gets the scrapbooking kit and the "cooties" art download. and a place in our listing.

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    Everyone who donates any amount $1 and up can have "Cooties", a download exclusive to kickstarter funders. To give it away at this low price, this print will be sent to you as a high resolution PDF. Print it up on a $2 piece of fine art paper from your local craft store, and you'll have a beautiful representation of this bit of Steampunk silliness from Myke's Upcoming book. You can view the image here: http://www.mykeamend.com/new/2011/05/16/cooties/ - or in this kickstarter's updates tab.

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    Our eternal gratitude and a huge personal thanks should we ever meet you, plus your being a part of art history. Seriously, small donations are hugely significant. If everyone who visits this page donates a single dollar, we'll be in good shape.

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    Airships and Tentacles scrapbooking kit, loaded with images from all of the paintings in the series, sent as a Downloadable PDF file for you to print at home or through the instant printing service of your choice (Snapfish, Kinkos, Walgreens... wherever).

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    The above, plus your name on our public listing of sponsors and contributors for the project (unless you want to remain anonymous)

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    The Above, PLUS - a PDF download of the Airships Tattoo Flash (8 airships, plus sky krakens and other monsters) You can view it here: http://bit.ly/jRBxaq

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    The above, plus a signed and personalized 5x7 print of any artwork by Myke Amend.

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    A 26-page Airships and Tentacles Coloring Book featuring Steampunk and Steampulp art by Myke Amend ( for more info and images, go here: http://bit.ly/iVd8rT )

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    The above, plus a signed (personalized if you wish) 8x10 print of any artwork by Myke Amend.

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    Your name engraved by Myke Amend on some visible part of the device - there for the hundreds to thousands of years it stands.

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    An exclusive to Kickstarter contributors, limited edition 8x10 giclee of our graphic (the storybook Illustration by Myke Amend), on beautiful fine art rag paper, signed by the Infernal Artists.

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    A signed 11x14 print in Epson pigment inks on heavyweight metallic professional paper, of "The Rescue" (HMS Ophelia airship Painted by Myke Amend for Abney Park's Robert Brown).

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    Bethalynne Bajema's "The Lovers ( Image: http://bit.ly/kOLBXq ) Fixed to hardwood, routed, stained, and varnished- ready to hang ( total size: 12x18 inches, print size11x17 inches ) $30

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    Our gratitude, your name on our list of contributors (if you please), and a commemorative limited crew member t-shirt showing you were a part of this experience.

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    An Original Never-before Published Exclusive Short Story by award winning author G.D Falksen; You get a hard copy of the short story in a binder, decorated with exclusive print by Myke Amend (an illustration of the story within) - each illustrated cover HAND EMBELLISHED, numbered, and signed... making for a *very unique* work of literature and art combined.

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    Our gratitude, an 8x10 Signed print by Myke Amend, your name on our list of sponsors (if you please), and a commemorative limited crew member t-shirt showing you were a part of this experience.

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    The above, plus a hand-pulled art screen print on a sepia toned bandana, exclusive to Kickstarter supporters.

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    The Above, plus a limited edition 16x20 commemorative giclee on fine art rag paper, signed by all three of the Infernal Device Enginartists.

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    The Magic Hut (Steam Pulp Baba Yaga) - Shown in the UPDATES section of this kickstarter (update #17) Drawn in graphite pencil on 11x14 400 lb 5 ply Bristol Board and sealed. This image is my retrofuture and pulp take on Baba Yaga and her hut. PLUS You also get the commemorative Infernal Crew Tee shirt, and your name engraved on some part of the machine.

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    "The Lost City" Original Painting(see image in project description) 11x14 inches painted on 400 lb bristol in acrylic paint. PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine.

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    A unique Wooden relief, hand carved by Myke Amend, stained, sealed, polished, and lit by LEDs to make the design really stand out on your wall. Piece will be 12x18 inches or bigger (depending on what best fits the design). Quality of work can be seen here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66679599/lighted-gadreel-over-mackinac-bridge plus one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine

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    A very unique commemorative art etching on brass (one custom to this project), 8x10 inches, hand-made by the artists, signed by all three artists (engraved on back), never available again, PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine

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    A hand-made limited edition wooden keepsake box made by Myke Amend in traditional quality fashion, expertly joined, sanded, stained, sealed, and polished - 9x12x3 inches, with the Airship Pirates design hand painted on the inside - hand numbered, hand signed, and personalized to you. Design can be seen here: http://www.mykeamend.com/new/products-page/?ptag=airshippirate Box quality can be seen here: http://www.mykeamend.com/new/products-page/?ptag=redhand - PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine

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    Your/Your company's name on our list of sponsors, plus your web banner/graphic on our site for the life of the site (which will be up until *at least* October of 2012), PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine

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    "The Ruins" original painting (see project description for image) PLUS, an Infernal Crew limited Tee shirt, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine

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    An original 8x10 engraving done by Myke Amend on Ampersand Black Clayboard, PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine

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    Bethalynne Bajema will do your portrait in the tarot card style of her Black Ibis collection, as the card of your choice. You will also receive her black Ibis Deck, so you have a deck to put your card into. You also get the 11x17 print of her lovers card (listed above under $30), all of the PDF downloads, the Giclee print of our main graphic (Allie and the Machine), the commemorative Infernal Crew Tee shirt, and your name engraved on some part of the machine.

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    Your likeness painted into the big rotating painting, PLUS a signed giclee of the panel containing your likeness, plus one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine, PLUS the limited 8x10 giclee

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    One of the only 5 remaining limited edition giclees of "The Rescue", painted by Myke Amend for Robert Brown of Abney Park - signed, numbered, and dated in paint before varnishing, with a serialized holographic seal on back and matching serialized seal on the certificate of authenticity. PLUS the special Infernal Crew T-shirt. PLUS the commemorative 8x10 giclee of Allie and the Machine (our main graphic), PLUS the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, plus your name engraved on some part of the machine.

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    $450 One of only 50 full sized (48x24) limited edition giclees on canvas of "Behold the Machine", painted by Myke Amend for Vernian Process - signed, numbered, and dated in paint before varnishing, with a serialized holographic seal on back and matching serialized seal on the certificate of authenticity. - PLUS - The special Infernal Crew T-shirt - PLUS - The Brass etching signed by the three crew members.

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    The special Infernal Crew T-shirt, signed 11x14 and 8x10 prints, the 16x20 giclee, the 8x10 giclee, the brass etching, PLUS your name engraved on some part of the machine, or painted within the painting, along with a signed photo of your part of the final work, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS the downloads

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    ALBUM/CD ART: Myke Amend ( http://mykeamend.com ) will design your CD Cover. Includes all prepress/text/layout/typesetting, converting any *existing* logo into a professional vector file (trade booths, billboards, vinyl decals, plotting, video), and a high resolution file (press kits, and files where a vector file won't do) and as a 3d file (for video and animation), management and placement of up to 15 photos for the inside and back, and custom artwork for the front cover (done in digital). The cover booklet, tray card, cd imprint, and inner tray card are included in this deal. All working files will be supplied to the new owner in their highest resolution (so the band/musician can have posters and other big printed items made). Artist reserves rights to use artwork only as art (no logo), for art books, art magazine features, and fine art prints to be sold at conventions - In other words, you own all rights to the images, your covers, etc - but allow me the right to share my art (while giving you free advertising) Also includes a commemorative Tee shirt, all of the downloads listed above, the coloring book, and a banner link from our site to yours... you can also of course hang out with us for a night or day for your own private tour, and bring guests.

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    "MoonBeam" (see picture in project description) One of Steve Brook's favorite custom steampunked guitars. In addition to making beautiful pieces, Steve takes extra care to make sure every instrument sounds and plays perfectly before the first decorative touch is made. This is a beautiful one of a kind work of art, and if you are in a performing band - a perfect added touch to your stage appearance. PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine.

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    Signed 11x14 and 8x10 prints, the 16x20 giclee, the 8x10 giclee, the brass etching, PLUS your name engraved on some part of the machine, or painted within the painting, along with a signed photo of your part of the final work, PLUS your own personal meet and greet tour of the workshop in Grand Rapids Michigan (visits available between August 1st and September 20th). Plus a custom sculpture by Steve Brook, PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book

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    The Original Painting: "ChaiThulhu" (Reign in Purple) Featuring Chthulhu in elegant Victorian garb drinking a cup of chai, by Myke Amend. Painting size is 24x12, painted on wood panel in acrylic. And can be seen in the updates section of this project -PLUS - The special Infernal Crew T-shirt, signed 11x14 and 8x10 prints, the 16x20 giclee, the 8x10 giclee, the brass etching, PLUS your name engraved on some part of the machine, or painted within the painting, along with a signed photo of your part of the final work - PLUS - PLUS your own personal meet and greet tour of the workshop in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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    SUPER-RARE BOOK - One of a kind, hand carved book with hand-tooled brass securing and hand-sculpted decor on front ( viewable at http://www.mykeamend.com/new/?p=1684 ): I will fill it with every print from the Airships and Tentacles series -- Each printed on a fine rough-edged rag paper -- Each page annotated as the coffee table book would be, but in my own handwriting -- Each page signed discreetly and numbered "1 of 1" -- Each of these prints will be an entirely unique size from any editions made -- The front page will have "to [Your Name]" and my signature. -- To make it even more rare, I will make one unique work or original art to complete the piece. Yes, one page will be an original work of art to complete the series. PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine.

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    Myke Amend will design your new website. This includes making a great web format logo from your existing logo, site design/templating, blog, twitter and facebook integration, a web store, up to ten unique site pages - plus site population with ten starter posts, and insertion of ten items in your store. You, or your workers will be instructed/shown how to use the interface to easily make new updates, and add new store items. Free domain name and a year's free hosting will be furnished through Topclasshost, Dreamhost or other suitable web host. (hosting after that year will be $59 a year, or $8 a month, and can be taken over at any time by you.... really I prefer it that way). Also includes a commemorative Tee shirt, all of the downloads listed above, the coloring book, and a banner link from our site to yours... you can also of course hang out with us for a night or day for your own private tour, and yes, please bring some guests.

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    Steve Brook's favorite Custom Guitar: The Steamhag (shown in project description): "This Modern Hagstrom Jazz 500 features 1800s fillagree covered with real gold leaf. The pick guard has been rebuild with rotating polished clock gears. Also featured are custom two of a kind antique glass knobs lit with flashing LEDs. In addition LEDs have been attached under bridge and in the body cavity. The effect is remarkable with any of the alternating lit conditions." PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine.

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    Your likeness painted into the final work, PLUS- a Steve Brook Guitar! PLUS the personal Meet and greet, PLUS the Engraving signed by the three artists, PLUS the 16x20 giclee- PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine ... and, if you want full sponsorship privileges (links, banners, blog entries, press releases, and whatever added exposure we can offer).

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    The prototype scale model, finished - including a scale version of the painting on the finished work, painted completely by hand by me (Myke Amend). There is a lot of woodwork, measuring, assembling, and reassembling in this work. And I took great care to make all of the woodwork exceptionally sturdy. I'll go a step further and add the LED lights and make miniature sculptures for the four posts. This is a truly one of a kind work of functional art, and the closest anyone could come to having the original for their home (unless their home has 20 foot doors and a 200 lb/psi+ concrete floor anyway). The Tee shirt, and signed 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 prints would of course be in this deal, as well as a solo tour of the workshop and a night out, build site picnic, or private dinner with the artists. PLUS one of the special limited-run Infernal Crew T-shirts, PLUS all the downloads, PLUS the coloring book, PLUS your name engraved into some part of the machine.

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