JULES Verne, Lemony Snickett and the characters from Back to the Future would have been in their element at Tweed River Art Gallery on the weekend.
So was visitor Ken Bright.
The exciting new exhibition, the Antipodeans Steampunk Show merges a 19th century aesthetic with scientific invention, salvage and new technology.
It's the first major steampunk exhibition in the country and showcases handcrafted Australian sculpture, photography, fashion, lighting, illustration, jewellery and communication devices.
"It's mind-boggling," said Mr Bright.
"I love the idea that the artists see stuff found in old sheds as art," he said.
"Every piece has been seen for its artistic potential."
"What grabs me are the wheels incorporated into the artwork."
Mr Bright said the exhibition takes the viewer back to an era, but with a futuristic element.
Touring exhibition coordinator of Artisan Melinda Gagen said steampunk really attracted a younger audience.
"But we also find the older audiences are really fascinated by steampunk and want to find out what it is all about," she said.
Local photographer Kate O'Brien is part of the exhibition.
The Artisan travelling exhibition will be on display until Sunday 4 August 2013.