Using old typewriter parts, Jeremy Mayer produces these complex sculptures of anatomically correct human figures and animals. The Oakland-based sculptor and illustrator collects the unwanted and antiquated machines and happily takes them apart in order to create something incredibly unique. He doesn’t solder, weld, or glue the parts together, so the entire piece involves only the original metal components.
The amazing final results are these very detailed sculptures that can move at the joints. They are so lifelike, it wouldn’t be too surprising if they suddenly got up and started walking around or flapping their wings in the air. Mayer says, “The first few pieces I created were very crude, but I loved the idea of making something from an archaic relic and from only one other object. Reactions to my work are mostly positive. A few typewriter collectors bemoan the destruction of the machines. The ones I use are in pretty rough shape, so I feel no guilt about taking them apart.”