A Future of Hot Air Balloons and Giant Elephant RobotsAnnalee Newitz6/26/09 5:18pmFiled to: Concept ArtAlessandro maffiolettiArtcollageSteampunk15EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn this strange city, whose buildings are a hodgepodge of history, a passenger balloon floats across your field of vision. Miles away, a bus sails through the air and a giant elephant robot is engaged in some inexplicable construction project.AdvertisementAlessandro Maffioletti is a German illustrator who has done work for magazines and advertising. His work combines steampunkery with Renaissance imagery and mid-twentieth century recording technologies. Basically he's a retro-futurist collage artist, and his work is both stunning and whimsical. Check out his gallery on his website.