Want to get a taste of Steampunk without having to construct your own pneumatic man? Simply visit the second floor of the Cosmopolitan, where a collection of Steampunk art is scattered throughout.
Most of the pieces are by Grymm Laboratories’ Dr. Grymm, a 39-year-old Connecticut-based artist who goes by the name Joey Marsocci when he’s working his day job as a freelance designer of theme-park attractions and toys. He repurposes found antiques—wood casings, brass knobs, pressure gauges and pull-chains from the years 1820-1900—into technological marvels most unusual.
Grymm’s two most impressive pieces are the twin 500-pound “Transcendent Ecclectiscope” and “Transcendent Preceptiscope,” which stand outside Wicked Spoon and the hotel elevator bays, respectively. One is a telescope and the other is a kaleidoscope. Look into either object’s eyepiece and you will find yourself looking out from the vantage point of the other. Perfect for spying on the buffet line in times of great crises.
Grymm’s fully functional “Eye-Pod” is also on display; it’s a creepy contraption that involves an eyeball, a leather armband and an elegant display box.
No collection of Steampunk art would be complete without the hallmark accessory of the genre: goggles. The Cosmo has five under glass domes. The prolific Dr. Grymm created three of them, including “Sewing Kit.” The final two are by New York artist Harris Diamant. His online bio says, “I have constructed objects that appear to be artifacts from the science of another universe.” The 73-year-old has been making this type of art for 20 to 25 years and only discovered that others were classifying him as Steampunk when he read a review of his art in San Francisco. Indeed, his creations seem to have a sense of gravitas, whereas Steampunk art tends to be more whimsical.
Fine technology for a distinguished gentleman or a proper lady. Top hat not included.