Steampunk geeks might have some people convinced that the late 19th century was all about bustle gowns, goggles, and gears, but we ain’t buying it. Sure, tight-laced corsets and top hats are period, but so were cholera and Jack the Ripper. And those pretty ruffled parasols were protection against the (literal) shit dumped out of top-floor windows.
Local artist Danny Bushey, a.k.a. rustedhalo, doesn’t shy away from the era’s grittier side. “I love doing photo shoots in old abandoned buildings; using found objects to re-create sculptures, he says. “I've always been a fan of anything rusted. Some might say I'm obsessed with rust.”
Bushey’s adulterated vinyl and resin toys will be on display alongside steampunk-inspired sculptures, paintings, and more in The Rusted Nail Gallery’s “Neo-Victorian Wasteland II” show, on display as part of Mesa’s Steampunk Street IV event.