The Art of Typewriter Sculpture with @jeremymayer

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Inside his studio in Oakland, California, artist Jeremy Mayer (@jeremymayer) transforms typewriters into majestic mythological beings. His most recent completed commission is a sculpture of the Greek titaness Theia that is over 7 feet tall (2.21 meters) and made entirely of components from 40 different typewriters. “I don’t solder, glue, weld or wire the parts together,” says Jeremy. “I use only screws, nuts, pins and springs to assemble the sculpture in the same manner that the typewriter was held together.”

The painstakingly detailed process to create a full-scale human figure requires more than a year of Jeremy’s time. “I spend countless hours trying to figure out how to put this stuff together,” he says. “Doing an accurate likeness of a person hurts my brain. Hurts so good, though. There’s a lot of trial and error. I’m done when it creeps me out, or if I walk into the studio and the sculpture startles me because it looks like someone is standing there.”


 “‘Type,’ said the Foreman, ‘was made to read, / And that should serve as the printer’s creed, / For work on the Linotype machine / Or hand-set jobs should be clear and clean, / Not ornamental, obscure, bizarre, / Composed of all of the fonts there are, / But simple, legible, quiet, plain, / A joy alike to the eye and brain!’”

“Type Was Made to Read” from The Legibility of Type. For more on the Linotype, click here

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The Prophecy Completes

There it is, daughter! See it there, glinting on the plain? That’s it! The Bowl Tower! The great work we built with the Blessed One, after she fell from the sky.

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I know, dearest, I know you’ve heard it. But these are the days of prophecy! Indulge an old woman. 

I was younger than you are now, when the Blessed One’s great house fell from the sky. In fire and thunder it came down from heaven and landed on the great plain there, where the river curves. You can just see where its wreck lay.

The Blessed One emerged from the fire, sole survivor, tall and strange, four-limbed, never leaving her gleaming orange armor. She stopped the war between the Great Houses, batted swarms of arrows aside like insects. Invincible! 

She united us. She taught us. Oh the wonders she taught us! When I was your age, dearest, there were no singing wires, no engines whistling with steam. 

Together, we built the Bowl Tower from the pieces of her broken house. With its strange magic she called her people in the sky, and then she slept in the Crystal Bed at its foot.

Eighty seasons now, she sleeps. Her people are nearly here! In three days, she will awaken! It is the prophecy!

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