Last week, we told you about Nerdbots' method of recycling, but they're not the only ones making finding new things to do with yesterday's debris - Jeremy Mayer is also finding new ways to turn trash into a particularly beautiful robotic art.Mayer has been making sculptural robots out of typewriters for more than a decade now:
I started working with typewriters in 1994 while living in a small town in Iowa. They've always been intensely interesting to me (when I was about ten years old I wanted to take apart my mother's 1920's Underwood), so it was natural that, having a typewriter and some free time, I would want to dissect one. I think of the typewriter as a product of nature- it was designed by minds immersed in nature around them, and mimicked the curves, geometry, and physical processes abounding in nature. Though it is cold metal created by human hands, the typewriter is just as much a natural material as stone or wood. I concentrate on bringing this fascination with the raw material and interest in science and science fiction together in the subtleties of the human form.
Perhaps most impressive - outside of the beauty of the sculptures themselves - is the way that the pieces are constructed:
I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together- the process is entirely cold assembly.