Steampunk may be tired, but this mechanical elephant has left us speechless with its design and detail. It's just stunning, from tail to trunk. Built over the course of three and a half months by photographer/designer/cool-guy-at-large Andrew Chase, the 85-pound elephant automaton is made out of "transmission parts, electrical conduits, plumbing pipes and 20-gauge cold rolled steel." The elephant is part of a book he is writing, called the Robot Trionic Morphatractable Engineer. As you will see in the gallery, the designs he's creating for that are even more spectacular than this one.

The whole thing has a Dalí feeling mixed with a crisp, industrial punk feeling that is completely irresistible. At least for me, anyway. I'm buying it, whenever it comes out. [Baekdal and Andrew Chase via Book of Joe]