I once saw an artist’s concept of what they thought the Apple iPhone’s “Siri” might look like. She was in a modern, white, sterile environment and had a mohawk of wires rising out of her skull. It was lovely (and so cool!), but I had my own ideas about how Siri might perform in a Dieselpunk kind of world. My kind of world.
This “Siri” incorporates old telephone parts, wiring etc., zip ties, along with salvaged hardware, and cast-off clothing. She embodies the punk aspects of what a helpful communications assistant in a more Dieselpunk setting might look like. These images do not include the (salvaged) fiber optic plug-ins that illuminate the mohawk.
The following images of my own vision of Siri were captured by Dim Horizon Studio (Atlanta) at the Historic Lyric Fine Arts Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. The Lyric is a grand old vaudeville theatre (1912) that has fallen on hard times over recent decades of neglect. With special permission from its conservators, we carefully navigated its interior for this photo shoot. Peeling lead paint, shedding asbestos, exposed wiring and soft spots in flooring were only a few of the hazards that our team skirted during the shoot. In spite of her current state of dishevelment, we were all captivated by her lovely bones and her century-old beauty. It’s official. We’re in love with this old lady.
In recent years an energetic group of dedicated saviors have been working to save and restore this architectural masterpiece — with great success. If you would like to contribute to her rescue and repair, please consider donating to the worthy effort at http://lightupthelyric.com/!