Steampunk illustrators talk robots, history and whimsy
Book signing • The Leonardo exhibit proves science and fantasy are the parents of invention.
Published: May 4, 2012 08:36AM
Updated: May 4, 2012 08:36AM
The Leonardo museum of art, science and innovation, is opening two new exhibitions: “Think Art – Act Science” features work born out of collaborations between artists and researchers that reveals the connections between science, technology and creativity. “Fantastic Fabrications: Marvels from an Invented Past” brings together two shows—”Boilerplate,” the adventures of a robot and his role in actual historical events and “The Lost Tools of Henry Hoke,” a collection of artifacts created by an imaginary inventor. The openings will include classes and workshops. Courtesy of The Leonardo

As part of The Leonardo’s new exhibition, “Fantastic Fabrications: Marvels from an Invented Past,” Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett will be at the museum Saturday, May 5, to sign books and discuss their whimsical science-fiction illustrations.

The husband-and-wife team’s book, “Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel,” chronicles the adventures of a steampunk-inspired robot and his role in actual historical events. Boilerplate is only a part of three-part exhibit opening this weekend at The Leo that will included a hands-on tinkering studio that will allow visitors to try their hand at creative invention.

The Leo hours on Saturday are 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

In June, Guinan and Bennett will return for a residency in the Leo’s studio lab program to share their talents and vision with visitors.

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The Leonardo is beginning lower admission this weekend. Visitors can enjoy the exhibits, including “Fantastic Fabrications,” for $9 for adults, and $7 for children ages 6–17, seniors and students. Admission for children 5 and younger is still free. On Wednesdays, all tickets are $7.