Steampunk - Smit & Van Wyk

Presenting Steampunk Big Five

The Steampunk Big Five is a series of five paintings, created especially for Smit & Van Wyk by South African artist, Carla Botes. Each painting depicts a member of the Big Five in the same colors of the corresponding Rand bank notes.

“Steampunk” is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery.

Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.

The African Big Five

“The Big Five” refer to to the five most dangerous animals in Africa to hunt on foot, namely the lion, elephant, Cape Buffalo, leopard and Rhinoceros. The term, and the animals, have now become iconic symbols of the wildlife in Africa. 1990 and later releases of South African rand banknotes feature different big-five animal on each denomination.

In a way, the Steampunk Big Five is representative of Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. As an intellectual property law firm, our clients are innovators, inventors, artists, industrialists and entrepreneurs, as portrayed by the steampunk style.

Like the Big Five, we operate throughout Africa. We are passionate about intellectual property, about South Africa and about Africa. We believe that innovators and entrepreneurs, big or small, are the lifeblood of the economy and play a major role in the development of South Africa and the African continent.

Our aim is to offer high quality, cost effective and reliable IP services on an International standard to enable our clients to effectively protect, exploit and enforce their Intellectual Property in South Africa and Africa.

To see more of Carla Botes’s artwork, visit her Facebook page or follow her on Instagram.