Something unique to Oamaru is the intense popularity of the Steampunk movement. Introduced to the town in 2009, Steampunk is a sub-culture of science fiction and fantasy that involves envisioning the future based on the Victorian perspective of life. It’s also a rebellious attitude against society’s preference for plastic and the disposable way of life.
The movement is becoming popular throughout the country, although locals aren’t worried about another town taking over its Steampunk crown. It is becoming ingrained in everyday life here. Everyone has an individual take on Steampunk. For some it means living life in the air (with futuristic innovations like flying contraptions), to others it’s about being underground. The Libratory is all about the latter.
View a curious collection of original Steampunk pieces at the Libratory, an underground lair. The interior of the exhibition space is based on the House of Observation, an illustration by local artist Watts Davies. Damien, the proprietor, is excited about the future of the Libratory and he plans to introduce a theatrette that will show Steampunk films (think Will Smith’s Wild Wild West film). Keep an eye out for the Extraordinary Interstellar Earth Defender.