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May 13, 2011
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Quod ignotum erat by Tiger-tyger Quod ignotum erat by Tiger-tyger
I created this as an entry for the ManipulateThis steampunk explorer contest. :iconmanipulatethis: [link]
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Latin at the top reads...."Science makes the unkown known" (lit"What unknown was, science makes to be known")
Latin at the bottom reads...."logical proof"

Thanks go to ioanna_ioannina on for providing me with the latin translation.

The model holds a light- scientific illumination cutting through the darkness of ignorance.
To the left of the picture hangs a sextant a scientific instrument used for navigation. [link]
The model has wings because science can help us soar to the hights of inspiration and endevour unreached and undiscovered before.
Conversly there are chains in the bottom half of the picture showing that science is tied to the earth and the physical rather than spiritual side of things.
Joining the upper and lower parts of the picture is the decoder wheel, symbolising the idea that the world is understandable if only you have the right knowlage.

This piece has taken me a lot longer than I was expecting to complete. All in all I think I have spent 25ish hours on it.

texture Steampunk_Background by acatris [link]
model steam_punk_set_2 by magikstock [link]

art nouveau circle by tigers_stock [link]
top cornerpieces nouveau corners 01 by tigers_stock [link]
bottom corner pieces nouveau corners 02 by tigers_stock
chain Chain_1_by Dracoart-Stock [link]
metal part wings still3days_dont_forget_journal by stock4profs [link]
globe globes by bluesse [link]
texture ministerial by tigers_stock [link]
cogs 90_gears_ps_shapes by shapes4free [link]
Copper_Flex_Pipe_N02 by deathangel [link]žion=&q=copper+pipe#/dg37s
hair Nude_Stock_1 by mmb_stock [link]
sextant steampunk_gadgets by jinxmim [link]
hat vintage postcard from my colection
middle decoration Art_Nouvea_frame_01 by goth-stock [link]
cogs steampunk_clockworks by jinxmim [link]
decoder Steampunk_decoder by Nieblastocks [link]
feathers more_wing_stock by stock4profs [link]
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Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
AvnGR86 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this is awesome
SherryAmbrosia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Gorgeous! You could probably sell lots of prints of this one
Quest-Redundant Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
The work and concepts fused in this is absolutely stunning. I showed it off on my facebook, and a friend suggested similarities to a certain Art Nouveau Tarot deck. I wonder if you have seen these? Here is the link she gave me: [link]
JenaDellaGrottaglia Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
your amazing work was featured in my journal! :dance:
KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love all the thought that went into this allegory!
KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is so awesome!
kikifaye Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Brilliant hybrid of steampunk and art nouveau! Bravo!
Sarasai Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The work is beautiful, and it is so well made how you worked all these many stocks together and let it look like just one, very well done I find :icongiveroseplz:
magikstock Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Photographer
So beautiful! I love it!
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