Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Power the future

Engineering or art?
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 2012
About this photo: Thematic celebrates all things greyish this week. You can, too, by clicking here.
I'd like to play a bit of a game with this one, as I had no idea what I was looking at when I first came across it. Only the helpful museum information panel nearby filled in my otherwise clueless head.

Suffice to say, I gave thanks to some nameless, likely long-gone engineers for coming up with something so vital, and for taking the time to give it some aesthetic panache as well.

Your turn: What is this thing?


Lisa Shafer said...

Just glue some gears on it and call it "steampunk!"

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's a radial engine for an aircraft.

Hope said...

ummmm...a thingamajigcarboratourfistervalve thingy.