In a twist on man versus machine, machines are taking on human form, and it’s all at the hands of artist Jeremy Mayer.
“I disassemble mechanical typewriters, not the more processor type but the very mechanical heavy old ones,” Mayer explains. “I disassemble them down to their very smallest components and then I reassemble them into human figures and animals.”
What makes it even more special is that these amazing typewriter sculptures were created without the use of any glue, welding or soldering, it was just the assembly methods. Mayer estimates that he has about 100 typewriters intact and the components and carcasses of about 150 machines.
“I pretty much use all the parts from the typewriter. I think 99 percent. I tend not to use a lot of plastic, because they just don’t look as interesting,” Mayer says. “I disassemble the entire thing very carefully. I don’t use power tools. I just use regular screwdrivers, some pliers, and very carefully take it apart. I don’t break anything. I don’t break it apart. I back all the screws out, and I try not to wreck the screws. I want everything to look good in my sculpture, so I don’t destroy anything.”