Typewriter, 1999

75cm x 45cm x 35cm
Perspex, dissected typewriter, strong thread, soil, broad beans.

This was my first kinetic plant sculpture, conceived initially as a student, and refined for the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition at which it won the George Willie Prize for Sculpture. I wanted to create a tool for plants to ‘express’ something, through a human medium, drawing attention to their creativity, despite their slow speed. The typewriter offered a perfect medium; it could be adapted for plant use, by giving them a chance to manipulate the keys by means of the threads strung in between the letter keys and the letter hammers. After several weeks the plants made a key touch the paper. It was the + –  (plus/minus key).


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