California seems to be the main reservation for that endangered species, the typewriter, these days. First we have Beverly Hills’ last typewriter repairman and the diehard cult of the slow writers. And now we have Jeremy Mayer, a typewriter sculptor in Oakland, Calif., eviscerating typewriters and weaving their guts into wonderful busts, nudes, deer, damselflies—and birds on the wing.
“I disassemble typewriters and then reassemble them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures,” explains Mayer on his website.
“I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together—the process is entirely cold assembly. I do not introduce any part to the assemblage that did not come from a typewriter.”
For a supposedly dead technology, the typewriter seems to be developing quite an afterlife. Try doing any of this with a WP.
(My thanks to Paul McAuley for tipping me off to this story.)
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[Assemblage – Sculpture: Jeremy Mayer at TEDxGoldenGatePark]
[A Maker Faire 2012 video by Make Magazine, featuring Mayer’s work]
[DEUS EX HOMINE – San Francisco 3D Moco Time-lapse by Golden Gate 3D from Peter H. Chang on Vimeo]