Monday, March 8, 2010

Infernal Devices

Artist Jacob Petersson created this wonderful mechanical womb, along with a host of other great props.

Browse around his site and you'll find some real gems, including the amazing retro-tech genetic engineering kit I first stumbled across last year. A tip of the hat to Laura C for sending over a note about his latest work.


Anonymous said...

And when the infant is born (or, rather, decanted) from the 17th century mechanical womb, it can be raised in the 20th century Skinner Box, a.k.a. air-crib or "heir conditioner".

Though please note that the rumors about B.F. Skinner using the box to experiment on his daughter were utterly false; he built it to keep her comfortable, clean, healthy, and warm, even in the Minnesota winters. As an adult, his daughter denounced those rumors herself.


Tom Banwell said...

I love the detached leg lying unexplicably below the womb.

Anonymous said...

Inexplicably? Not so!

When someone at a feast or buffet seems to eat more than normal capacity would allow, a comment sometimes made is: "You/he/she must have a hollow leg."

A curious remark, to be sure. One might wonder why anyone would bother to stuff a hollow leg with food, or where the food was destined. For the wearer's own larder?

Now we know. Those stuffing their hollow legs are merely taking home food to supply their mechanical wombs. It's all perfectly reasonable.