For those of you who don't read WIRED magazine, I thought I would pass on this delightful find. In the most recent issue, WIRED wrote an article about U-Ram Choe, a Korean artist who creates mechanical creatures - kinetic sculptures that light up and dance with ethereal beauty. He classifies and provides background stories for these abiotic lifeforms. http://www.uram.net/
WIRED focused on his current creation which can be viewed in the portfolio section of his website, titled "4th solo", and introduced it by hypothesizing what it's function could be. And I quote: "Steampunk torture device?"
I would have to agree with the article in that the aesthetic is suitably steamy. Just the act of creating mechanical life forms and classifying them strikes me as delightfully steampunk.