Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Radhost Complector

Laura sent in a link to "The Radhost Complector" from artist James Ewing. Put simply, it's one of the very best faux occult devices I've ever seen. It works on so many levels, from the design to the use of authentic materials (oak, copper, brass, and citrine), that I instantly fell in love.

"The pointer of the Complector is a shard of citrine quartz suspended in the middle of three spinning brass rings that revolve to show you where you are, or perhaps warn you that you are on the wrong path. The hand beaten spherical brass map is protected by a segmented layer of oak and then encased in a cage of dressed copper and brass. A small covered portal in the Complector' front can be opened in order to check your heading or you can open the top altogether if you are in fear of getting lost in the ether."





9 comments:

ArtSnark said...

this is so cool - thanks for sharing

Harald said...

Goddammit!!! That is the most beautiful gadget I've seen! I. Want. it!

Raven said...

That gorgeous aethereal compass is a thing of beauty and a joy forever -- "awful, pompous, and artificial" [awesome, majestic, and skillfully crafted], to borrow Charles II's words for St Paul's Cathedral.

Actually, he hasn't even said it's for sale or named a price, so all the world may be out of luck, while it stays happily in his own collection.

Unless he plans to make more than one...which would be delightful, though it seems unlikely, as at that level of detail the phrase "one-of-a-kind" comes readily to mind....

Fringe Doktor said...

Okay - that's just UN-f****ing-believable. I don't think it was made by human hands, and if so, they were influenced in a heavy way by something not quite...

Jui said...

Ich dachte der Steampunk ist langsam ausgestorben und dann sieht man eine so wunderschöne Arbeit.
Very Very Nice

Gabriel said...

This is amazing and flawless. I'm impressed. Steampunkery seems to be very popular today among certain circles, if you can call this gadget Steampunk.

Had a look at the rest of that site, the level of skill possessed by these propmakers and others makes me produce an evil grin.

CoastConFan said...

Neatest thing since the Alethiometer (His Dark Materials) and Capt Jack Sparrow's compass.

David said...

This is a fantastic item, simply stunning.

Harald said...

This bastard hasn't left my mind since I first saw it. it's just too awesome.