Alexandria artist's steampunk heart gets some love at recent art show

Inspired by years of reading science fiction and fantasy literature, Jon Thompson pours it all into his little wearable sculptures.

Alexandria Artist Jon Thompson took first place for his works of art at a recent Art in the Park event held in Brainerd.
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BRAINERD — At a recent Art in the Park event held in Brainerd, Alexandria Artist Jon Thompson entered a piece for judging.

It ended up taking first place in a category. A few years ago, a similar creation of his took home the "Best of Show" award.

Inspired by years of reading science fiction and fantasy literature, Thompson pours it all into his little wearable sculptures.

Jon Thompson

“I start by hand turning some recycled copper, brass, or stainless steel. I slowly work in mixed metals, bits of 3D objects, including springs, watch parts, gears, coins, you name it," he said in a news release.

"Each piece is an intricate sculpture built layer by layer, bit by bit, until it looks, well, sometimes like a bit of a time traveled little machine," Thompson said. "Sometimes they incorporate a stone or crystal, other times a watch face, some even have a tiny tube that appears to be powered with old fashioned steam."


Thompson said that’s the magic of steampunk.

"It’s a reflection of a bygone era, and it poses the question of what would make up today’s advancements, if the world was still built with only Victorian era metals and steampower from the pre-industrial revolution," he said.

Thompson said it is an honor, and a compliment when someone buys one of his one-of-a-kind pieces.

"So much of you as an artist goes into creating each unique piece. And this month hearts have really been on my mind. One of my close friends felt fine one day and was in for heart surgery the next,” Thompson said.

Thompson said he not only realizes how short life is, but how blessed he is to do what he loves. He travels to many summer art shows, and enjoys meeting people at each one.

He also creates in driftwood, shell, sea glass, and stone. You can follow his art journey online at , or meet him at Alexandria’s Art in the Park the last weekend in July.

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