Sanssouci Steam Engine House in Potsdam is a unique example of steampunk art coming directly from the century of steam. Built in 1842 to power the big fountain in Sanssouci park, the machine consumed four tons of coal per day. The coal was transported from Silesian coal mines by ship over Havel river. The chimney was disguised as a minaret. Imagine how it must have looked like when the black coal smoke was coming out of it!
Some pretty impressive footage of the machine at work can be found here.
August 30th, 2020