At their workshop in Fryazino, a small town just outside Moscow that once lived off its military industry, Boris Bazhenov and Alexander Bobin are creating a small collection of industrial sculptures inspired by the steampunk movement.
Calling themselves artmechanics.com, the pair painstakingly create giant fish and other animals with inner workings made of cogs and wheels, fins that wave and jaws that rise and fall.
Their flagship model, “Fish House,” draws its inspiration from a traditional tale: “a long time ago, a gigantic fish swallowed a person. Unwilling to accept his fate he decided to turn the fish into his house,” Bazhenov and Bobin said. Close scrutiny of the model, made from oak, lime wood and burnished metal, reveals a chimney poking through the fish’s upper skin.
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