D.J. Butler, City of the Saints
City of the Saints is the first Mormon steampunk novel, an action-packed story with clockwork mechanisms, steam coaches, and a futuristic vision of the 1859 west. Gears, pipes, and moving parts combine to share a glimpse into the story's inner workings. It intrigues me that the formation of such a work is not executed by the book artist alone, but by the combination of writer, artist, and reader. The writer forms a story and the artist forms a design, but the book is not complete until the reader forms a vision as they react to the design and read the story.
Wooden boards, cloth spine, acrylic paint, brass and wooden gears, copper pipe, acrylic rods, metal springs, Madeleine Durham paste paper endsheets. 9.5 x 7.25 x 5.125 inches. 24 x 18.5 x 13 centimeters. Created 2018.