Steampunk HQ is a collision between a wreckers yard, a horror movie and fertile imaginations. I received a very enthusiastic introduction, what I would see was going to ‘blow my mind’, it sort of did, but I’m still wondering if it was in a good way. All the adjectives like unusual, bizarre and weird apply. The works are described as industrial steampunk, anything goes, it’s all about creative imagination. This is what happens when some people let their creative imagination run riot ………
It felt good to step forward in time and step outside ….
I felt like a cup of tea and a lie down after leaving the weird world of industrial steampunk. For the cup of tea I walked around the corner to Steam Cafe at 7 Thames Street. I found the early beginnings of the Oamaru steampunk movement on the cafe’s counter.
Local jeweller Iain Clark is credited with kicking off the steampunk movement in Oamaru. He was making steampunk jewellery without realising it, and then made a steam powered beer tankard to take to a dinner party. The steampunk movement gathered momentum from there – our take on the 2014 Steampunk Festival.
Steampunk HQ, 1 Itchen Street. Entry $10 adults, children $2, families $20.