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Steampunk illustrators talk robots, history and whimsy

Published May 4, 2012 8:36 am

Book signing • The Leonardo exhibit proves science and fantasy are the parents of invention.
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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.

For more information on the exhibit: http://www.theleonardo.org

For more on Guinan and Bennett's work: http://bigredhair.com/

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.