Mayer is no stranger to repurposing typewriters for his decidedly badass sculptures. However, this piece in particular tries to embody the typewriter as a proud, if aged, medium.
The initial inspiration for the piece was that I wanted to create a self-portrait in my old age. I wanted to say something about aging, transition (particularly transition into new technology), and the place of the personal mechanical machine in modern society, all without making the piece look too "robotic". I wanted to convey a little human weakness, malaise, boredom, and pain, but with an underlying strength and pride.
So cheers, old man. The truth is, if you have to go out, you'll certainly do it with some style. [BoingBoing]