Alien Puma Space Train (APST) is the name given to a community interested in the works of relatively unknown man named Daniel S Christiansen.
The fascination began after a photo gallery named “The Box of Crazy” was published on reddit’s /r/pics. The gallery showed numerous handrawn documents with a variety of technical, arcane, celestial and downright absurd content. The original posters found the documents in a wooden box in a basement. After much investigation by armchair detectives, the creator and original owner, who had passed away some years previously with no local relatives was found.
Although interest in the documents has dwindled, the first Alien Puma Space Train exhibition is now on in London, and I had the great fortune to make it there.
At the entrance we got a full page handout with background on the drawings, great for the uninitiated:
I won’t bore you with the details of my theories or background information, there’s a wiki where you can find out more: http://apst-wiki.dumbtech.com/
I will say that the documents are far more impressive in person, the scale and attention to detail is quite remarkable. I really enjoyed getting up close with my personal favourite:
We arrived at the exhibition at the opening minute and had the place to ourselves. After about half an hour some London tour groups began to visit. APST is a pretty obscure topic, so I lunged at the opportunity to share my knowledge and ended up given an impromptu lecture on Daniel’s life, the discovery of the box and some of the theories regarding the drawings. It was my first chance to discuss the work in person and really enjoyable. I only wish some other /r/alienpumaspacetrain redditors had been able to come for a meet up.
As well as the videos, I’ve got a gallery of my images on imgur.